WithKin | Melbury Abbas, Dorset | Group Exhibition | 2017

WithKin, curated by artist George Ridgway, ‘aimed to acknowledge ecological intimacy and hypocrisy in light of new relationships between individuals/communities in their surrounding environments. Potentials of relationships to deep time, magic and its relationship to ecology, date and digital network systems were explored, their physical manifestations as well as the ecologies they create.’

I made and exhibited a series of felted pieces using a combination of Dorset Poll and Jacobs sheep local to Manor Farm. Keeping their natural colours I felted them to resemble cowhide, this has become a capsule collection including other local materials with natural dyes and am currently in discussion with Berlin based sustainable textiles group Doppelhaus to establish a collaboration. The idea of making sustainable materials that take on the persona of unsustainable or damaging materials is revealing itself in my work though what I call ‘Imitation Luxury’.


WITH KIN manifested as an exhibition in North Dorset (22nd - 24th September 2017, Melbury Abbas, Dorset). Spread over chalk downs, in the shadow of Melbury Hill and the adjoining farm building the exhibition encompassed knowledges from residents, artists, architects, designers, researchers and local industries. Artwork, talks, walks, presentations, song and performance were all made.

Exhibiting was:  Liam Baulch, Eliza Collin, Verity Coward, Megan Jones, Lewis Prosser, Ivan Robirosa, George Ridgway, Phoebe Ridgway, Chitra Sangtani, Elinor Stanley, Jo Sweeney, Jules Varnedoe, Lizzie Watts, Jessie Whiteley, Clive Whitbourn, Yvonne Zhang

‘Jewels’ made in collaboration with
Elinor Stanley