North Atlantic Drift: Curious Objects

Alice Fox evokes the push and pull of ocean currents in her intricate combinations of weaving and stitch with objects picked up on the sea shore

This collection of altered found items and constructed forms are based on objects gathered from northern coastal locations of the British Isles. The materials have been subjected to the forces of North Atlantic Drift (the northern extension of the Gulf Stream); they have been shifted, displaced, scoured, tangled and fractured. Organic and man-made debris, floating on currents or shifted by water and tide, is intermingled, broken down and re-configured.

Alice’ Fox’s process-led practice has sustainability at its heart. Working with natural fibres and gathered materials, Alice employs natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations to create surfaces and structures. Her practice is based on deep investigation of simple processes, using repetitive actions from textile traditions (hand stitch and plain weave) but exploring them in unconventional ways and with particular sensitivity to found materials. Alice uses found objects and materials as tangible links to location and landscape. The resulting works become a very personal record of her experience of ‘place’.

Alice originally studied Physical Geography, worked in nature conservation and then re-trained in Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles. Working from her studio in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, Alice exhibits and teaches nationally and internationally.