mad hatters tea party, 2019

In ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ the viewer begins by reading the tiny hand-stitched text found on each of the individual dolls house plates. The words describe how contemporary society views food, with vegetarianism and veganism becoming mainstream, and where supermarkets stock a vast array of plant-based foods. However, as the text continues, one begins to realise that a woman is revealing the heart-breaking experience of a long standing eating disorder that began in her youth. The mirror forms a disturbing distraction, making it difficult to concentrate on the discomforting words.

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Words are served up on the miniature plates….

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The Hatter went on in a mournful tone, “It’s always six o’clock now.”  A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?” she asked.  “Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time.”  By Lewis Carroll

The Hatter went on in a mournful tone, “It’s always six o’clock now.”

A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?” she asked.

“Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time.”

By Lewis Carroll

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Through the looking-glass…

Through the looking-glass…


In-situ at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London

In-situ at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London


Size: 65cm x 65cm x 5cm

Process: Hand stitch

Materials: Textile, silk threads, dolls house accessories, framed mirror


Exhibited in:

Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award Gallery, The Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham (1-4 Aug 2019)

Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award Gallery, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London (10-13 Oct 2019)

Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award Gallery, The Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS, Dublin (7-10 Nov 2-19)

Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award Gallery, The Knitting & Stitching Show, HCC, Harrogate (28 Nov - 1 Dec 2019)