The charred bark piece has been made
by layering all sorts of materials and has the feeling of a remnant
left over from an autumn bonfire. The final burning has resulted in
a fusing of different elements and in the detail above it is possible
to see closely that there is a decorative nature to the result of burning.
The idea of burnt flesh perhaps is rather nasty (an indirect reference
to foot-and-mouth) although in a mythological sense there is great trans
formative qualities in burning, such as the phoenix rising from its
Overall, I think these corsets allude to so many themes, that to some
extent interpretation is endless, my primary focus has been to use the
format of the corset and then with the use of different materials to
make something that resonates in us, whether that be to ponder on our
relationship to nature and the environment or question the politics
of fashion, it is not for me to dictate its entire meaning. The starting
point for these corsets was an exhibition entitled 'People and the Changing
Landscape,' at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton.