— Do you collect anything (tangible)? If so, when and why did you start, and do you display or store this collection?
While I work with objects, or perhaps because I work with objects, I’m not especially drawn to the practice of serious collecting, which is more often about emotional conquest than a pursuit of things. I have little interest in amassing, ordering, or displaying, though I’ve always been sensitive to a certain kind of beauty in objects that serve a functional or practical purpose. I drink tea from the same bowl each morning – a dark, iron-rich clay with a pale, chalky glaze. We brought it home, carefully wrapped, from a winter trip to Vienna and I love feeling my palms warm against its familiar contours. One day it will slip put of my hands, or be nudged off the edge of the counter and break, and this is as it should be. Intimate connections with objects have led me to a deeper appreciation for beauty as well as temporality, fragility, and ultimately, detachment.
— What crafts and textiles do you feel personally drawn to, and how do you celebrate these in your daily life (wardrobe/home)?
I love natural fibres such as cotton, linen, different kinds of wool, and silk. The variations and imperfections of these fibres is inimitable. I’m also drawn to humble, everyday objects that bear traces of human labour and artisanship. Wood and clay are two of my favourite materials. As humans, we react more sensitively to things that have been crafted by human hands, slowly, and with skill.