re- a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.
I discovered my passion for textiles long after I learnt to sew buttons on to pyjamas at 7. As a teenager studying art, I began to learn about texture and pattern through samples and soon I developed this into learning to sew garments. Before I even realised what was happening I was applying for costume degrees instead of music, which I had always planned. It was at Plymouth College of Art where my skills and knowledge were honed. Learning about new techniques, design and teaching myself about sustainability in relation to my career goals.
It was then that I decided to make more use of what I had. First by stopping buying new clothing (not that what I learnt really gave me a choice). Instead I began opting for second hand, or more importantly; mending what was already there. This process dramatically spiralled as I left college. In my first few months out of college I tried so many jobs in different areas, few of them seemed to fit. I missed designing and developing ideas based around what I believed in. I missed my own artistic voice.
That’s when I developed RE. And “re-what?” you may ask. You see that’s exactly the thing. The first two letters of my name just happen to be a prefix to everything I stand for. You’ll see it in recycle, repair, rethink, repurpose, reclaim, reconcile and to many more words for me to list. 88 words actually… or at least that’s as far as I got.
So now I’m here. Working away at the start of just about the biggest, longest project I may ever have. Lets see where this one takes me…