Several trips to India, both private holidays and work related opportunities have left a lasting impression. I love the array of colours visible everywhere; the saris of the women in hues that under the blue Indian sky, dazzle. The architecture of the buildings we explored, those stone marks still fascinating me and finding their way into my work, in places like Qutub Minar, Delhi, Fatephur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, and of course the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Awe inspiring buildings with wonderful textural possibilities for surface print. I am also interested in the history of a country historically connected to my own, indeed connected in a very real way to my hometown of Dundee through the jute industry, but very different in almost every way. The textiles of India are rich and I was helped in my understanding of some of the techniques by the staff of the South Delhi Polytechnic for Women where I spent short but enriching spells teaching as part of a professional link with Dundee College.
This body of work is an on-going project and reflects those interests.