Elephant House Girl

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE.

Involve, Charity hub, Maidstone.

Over the river from my home in the Kent countryside there was once a zoo with wild exotic animals, this is truly magical.

I created an installation of textiles and ceramics of my imagined Maidstone Zoo. I developed and installed the work is as artist in residence at Involve, Maidstone. I collected memories about the zoo from my craft sessions and visitors to the Involve centre. The ‘Monday knitters’ spoke of large numbers of elephants and lions at the zoo and of a puma that appears as a ghost.

My imagined Zoo of animal spirits became part of the community, inhabiting a public space, drawing and sewing, conveying the pleasure I have in making and imagining.