I've been on medication for my Crohn's disease for about 6 years, and in remission for about 3. And after having a series of screenings I've been told there is no trace of active Crohn's and I'm free to come off my medication. I’ve been aspiring to be pill free for a while now and have managed to come off all other medication and this is the last one. It's likely I will need to go back on the meds one day but for now I'm just so happy to give my body a break from these drugs. It gives me so many less worries, especially to do with the side effects and increased cancer risks. I'm pill free and couldn't be happier.
Abstract colour and shape experiments in my sketchbook. My favourite inspiration is always the female form.
Continuing on from my mushroom studies and spore printing I illustrated some of the oyster mushrooms I grew. I love the simplicity.
These three prints are created from oyster mushrooms grown myself. They are the most unique prints I have created and are completely surreal and different to each other despite coming from the same kind of mushroom. Within the ghostly white print shapes and images appear and is even reminiscent to a sonogram.
A collection of spore prints displayed on my studio wall. All mushrooms which created the prints I foraged for myself in the local woodland or grew myself with a grow kit. The spore prints have such variety and diverseness. Spore prints are created from mushrooms when they are at the final stage of their fruiting body cycle and they release millions of spores into the air to reproduce. if the mushroom is placed on paper and left for hours the invisible spores build up to create the print.
These mandalas of flowers and pill casings trapped and flattened into acetate plastic are new works from the project ‘Trapped Memoires’ 2012. The loss or ‘trapping’ of memories from Alzheimer's is symbolised in these pieces. The organic flowers trapped and decaying over time represent the memories and the pill casings visualising the medical intervention to slow the affects of the disease. The circle mandala signifying the tension between nature and the artificial.