Shibboleth Sari Weeks 11, 12 & 13

Shibboleth Sari imagines a sari as a shibboleth, a device that alerts insiders to an external threat and grew from the idea of the sari as a symbol of Indian authenticity, conversations at the South Asia Gallery Collective at Manchester … Read More

Shibboleth Sari Weeks 8, 9 & 10

Feels like so long since I posted because of the strangeness of the unfolding corona virus situation. The last time at the mill (CDM) I practised some more free motion embroidery, couching, and applique with the chart from my 23andMe … Read More

Shibboleth Sari Weeks 5, 6 & 7

The design for a sari called “Mango Teardrop ” is coming together gradually or “slowly slowly” as we used to say. The idea started with the ancient Persian “boteh”, like a teardrop or mango seed shape, that travelled to the … Read More

Shibboleth Sari weeks 3 & 4

Been immersed in shibori at home and CDM and my fingers are now orange and purple. Favourites are the nui stitch resist that suggests double helix dna strands and the circle clamp resist itajime methods. Jute twine worked the best.

Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies

I’m delighted to have my article ‘Back to Life: Making Art to Re-Search my Anglo-Indian Heritage’ published in the International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies.

Shibboleth Sari Project weeks 1 & 2

I’m made up to have been awarded Arts Council Develop Your Creative Practice Funding for the Shibboleth Sari project, which will examine the sari as a symbol of Indian authenticity.

Are You Sure?

This collage explores legitimacy, uncertainty, and be/longing and is inspired by the 1434 Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck (below). Referring to the Anglo-Indian community’s often hidden origins, Kathleen Cassity describes “the extent to which [ it] is originally of “legitimate” … Read More

8 Annas: Sins

This 8 Annas image uses a silver band to create a halo effect which proclaims the aunties’ heroic status. The word “”sins” references the “Lady from Starkey” limerick, which contains an offensive “joke”, featured in John Masters’ 1954 novel about … Read More

8 Annas Monoprint

A favourite photograph, captured in 1953, shows eight friends of my mother and it’s a continual source of inspiration. Working with this image has belatedly given me some time at the kitchen table with my aunties, who have been missed. … Read More

8 Annas Black

A favourite photograph, captured in 1953, shows eight friends of my mother and it’s a continual source of inspiration. Working with this image has belatedly given me some time at the kitchen table with my aunties, who have been missed. … Read More