Connected, 2021

Created during the Covid lockdown for (RE)VIEW, a collaborative exhibition supported by Creative Accelerator Blackburn, Connected depicts a 1×1.5m thumb print that has been meticulously hand sewn into calico cotton. Within the individually sewn lines of the thumb print, is an accurately scaled down contour that follows the canal path from Blackburn to Leeds along the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

Raised in Blackburn I could see the canal from my bedroom window and with that came a certain allure to the man-made waterway. And still, during times of Covid It brought me a form of calmness and clarity when faced with the difficulty of depression and isolation. Since moving to Leeds in 2015, walking along the canal paths in the city has reminded me of less anxious times, knowing that in reality, home is never that far away, especially when we have the technology to contact friends and family from afar.

Having previously used thread for my 2018 work, Control, revisiting the material enabled me to approach the topics of conscious and subconscious control within a period of panic and uncertainty.

The materials used for Connected were purchased and shipped from a haberdashery within the Blackburn locale as a homage to the town’s cotton mill heritage.