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I have played with material ever since a child, working with embroidery, batik, knitting and quilting; combining these techniques with found objects and driftwood. My main focus in the use of fabric seems to be in the recycling of used material...reforming it to make it useful and attractive. I rarely use purchased material, preferring to deal with the throwaways and odds and ends of other craft folks. There is something powerful in the transformation of the unwanted into the desirable, both in terms of human beings and in the material their world has created. It is similar to composting, where kitchen wastes are transformed into fertile soil.

I am constitutionally unable to keep to a pattern, and while this produces some despairing moments, it also creates some original pieces, when they are finally saved from their inaccuracies. I would have produced a different body of work had my techniques been more finely honed and my attention to detail more exacting. As it is I am still that child playing with fibre and color and relishing the romp.

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WRITING NAOMI WAKAN DRUMBEG HOUSE ARTWORK