Can you tell us a bit more about your latest work?
I never work on just one thing. It helps me to keep my creative process going by having many project at the same time.
I am currently preparing work for my upcoming solo exhibition in Australia this June, which will be an entire gallery clad with Big Swinging Ovaries designs. I am exploring current affairs, politics, ovary related illnesses, delights, pressures and injustices as well as gender. I am also reflecting on what it means to be a person that has ovaries, those that don’t and people that used to have them and so on.
Another super exciting project, is one of many upcoming embroidery workshops that I will be giving this year. This particular one is a collaboration between myself and the Vagina Museum that will be held at the London Loom at the end of April. Much like with my Big Swinging Ovaries workshops, I will be guiding embroidery novices and enthusiasts alike through basic stitches whilst breaking down old notions of how one ‘should’ embroider and introduce a more contemporary approach to the art of embroidery. Frances of the Vagina Museum will be educating and entertaining participants with Vagina related trivia and more. For the workshops, I have specifically designed some very beautiful Vagina Mandalas that I am currently in the process of stitching. Half of the proceeds will go towards funding and eventually opening a physical location of the Vagina Museum.
What are you hoping to evoke in the viewer through your work?
First and foremost, I make my art for me. I have ideas, thoughts and issues that I explore and work through by using textiles and threads. I adore the process as it calms me and helps me to address certain things that might trouble me.
What the viewer does with that is out of my hands as whatever the intention was or is through my work, people will always read into it whatever is most important to them. That's just art. Incidentally I know that what I do has spoken to many people and at the very least opened conversations – to me that can only be a good thing!