It is commonplace for young people with eating disorders to ingest laxatives, diuretics and emetics to purge their bodies of food, or to use caffeine tablets and cigarettes to give them more energy or to decrease their appetites. An outline (or net) of the kind of boxes which would normally contain these has been hand stitched to form a ‘flattened’ box which takes up little space, ‘A voice in my head tells me that if I ate less, took up less space, life would be easier, safer’. 

Measurement: 26cm x 23cm x 1cm (x2 frames)

Process: Hand stitch, digital print (images)

Materials: Textile, silk threads

Exhibited in:

Making Space, 62 Group, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Cheshire (2016);

Making Space, 62 Group, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia, London (2017)

Making Space, 62 Group, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017)

13th International Eating Disorder Conference, University College London (2017)

Desperate Artwives, Feminism in London Conference, University of London (2017)

BEAT Eating Disorder International Conference, Imperial College London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, Gallery TG11, London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, The RDS, Gallery TG6, Simmonscourt, Dublin, (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, Gallery TG2, Harrogate (2018)

‘Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change’ at The University of Nottingham (April 2019)

East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Conference 2019, First Steps, University of Derby (September 2019)