I am normally drawn to natural materials and inspired by nature, so considering plastics as a material for my making didn’t come naturally. However, a growing awareness of the reluctance I had to this material posed a challenge to work with it; the challenge to make an artificial material speak the language of the natural world.
PVC tubing with references to water and fish tanks led me to take a closer look at the underwater world and specifically the richness in form and colour of creatures that make up coral reefs. With images of coral, anemones and sponges in my head I started working quite intuitively with the material and the experimentation led to wonderful forms with clear reference to the world under water.
The idea of making an ordinary and overlooked material into something beautiful and precious is something I hope can make us reflect upon value and disposability and it has made me re-evaluate material choices for my making.