Still Life

For me, being an artist is about exploring, confirming and interpreting what I see and learning how to look. I have a constant need to make work and use still-life drawing and life classes to keep my eye in and to think through ideas.

I became fascinated by the different patterns on the inside of envelopes. Business envelopes use patterned and coloured interiors as a visual signal, so that it’s clear when you have removed all the contents from the envelope. Most British envelopes use blue as the basic colour but something that might be standardised is in fact diverse. I like using this overlooked material that is usually aimed at the recycling bin. On a second look it reveals hidden gems: subtly different geometric patterns and hues of colour. I select each piece individually to represent leaves, flowers, skin, and fabric. I draw with the scissors and cut form in air.