Exhibited as part of ‘What’s Going On Upstairs’

A key safe overfilled with keys with multi-coloured tags was hanging in the office of an eating disorder clinic and became the inspiration for Patients is Key. In this artwork, each tag has hand stitched words which represent being both a patient and a carer within the healthcare system. The coloured tags have been laid out in the same format as a Body Mass Index chart.

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The keys represent the physicality of the patient being locked into a clinic for their safety, and also being locked into the mental torture of  an eating disorder.

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At Death’s Door

Magnetic noticeboard on front of key safe with photographs of young people who have lost their lives due to anorexia nervosa…models, a gymnast, singers, and an author. Butterfly magnets had been found abandoned in a bedroom of an eating disorder clinic.

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Measurement: 35cm x 55cm x 9cm

Process: Hand stitch

Materials: Textile, silk threads, key tags, keys, key safe, photographs, magnets

Exhibited in:

‘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)

14th International London Eating Disorders Conference, QEII Centre, Westminster (March 2019)

‘Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change’ at The University of Nottingham (A sample collection of key tags) (April 2019)

East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Conference 2019, First Steps, University of Derby (A sample collection of key tags)(September 2019)