Living in the city, longing for the sea...
Currently working in Bristol, Jess grew up in Cornwall and its elemental nature seeps through into her work. The sea comforts, it is a safe place, and it is used as subject, object and memory.
Jess graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (hons) in Fine Art and combines this training with skills handed down by previous generations.
"Cornwall is home to my fondest memories and strongest associations. My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was young and I’ve done it on and off all my life. I whittle crochet hooks from driftwood and use them to create colourscapes of the beaches they came from.
I work with the idea that the driftwood reveals its ‘memory’ of the beach through its unique properties; Sticks from the same beach vary in size and wood type and this affects the way the hooks work and what yarn / thread works well with them. The same beach will look different across the seasons, across the days; I could spend a year on my favourite beach and not exhaust its potential.
I use crochet as a medium for exploring our coast, which I have been separated from, but which has sculpted me. Unique to my practise is the fact that each hook is used only once, serving as a hanging bar for the piece and the piece serving as a personal history of the driftwood and its journey or landing place."
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