Sara Dunn

I began by painting calico with watercolours, colours that reflect the character of my model. I chose the technique patchwork, with its repetition and calming process to produce a patchwork piece, to reflect the identity of the subject. I then hand embroidered a female silhouette.

The final piece changed direction a few times throughout lockdown for different reasons, from my motivation to events happening with my model. Once I started to create the piece it just felt right, it felt like in the grand scheme of things this was something positive I could focus on while still bringing in the elements of photography and textiles and body, identity and character.

The physical process was vastly different to how I imagined my idea was going to go. It’s been a very fluid journey, the watercolour and calico creates a nice effect, one that I’m happy with.