The creation of my wall hanging, “Rhythm”, involved much research on religion and I spent a great deal of time speaking to representatives of the many different faith communities in Glasgow. It was both an inspiring and a learning experience and I thank everyone who kindly and freely gave of their time and their wisdom. I strongly believe all religions are worthy of respect and did my best to take into account the sensibilities of each religion while creating the work.
“Rhythm” is created from silks and muslins, hand-dyed fabrics mixed with pre-dyed silks. It was then heavily machine embroidered followed by several hours slashing at the work with a sharp instrument, the ripping of fabric opening up subtle lines of colour. The pink border is important in that it has a relationship to the heart, for the heart is where faith resides. I would like to think the work has a serene beauty about it and encompasses also the mystic of religion. It is an object of meditation and hovers rather than hangs on the wall. I hope it will provide an uplifting experience for each person who views it.
Embroidered silk and cotton hand-dyed wall hanging.
183cm x 244cm / 72″ x 96″
Collection of Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Care Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.