I'm currently running a project called Shade, using food, costume, conversation and performance to create intercultural spaces for dinner and discussion. I use costume, collaboration and installation to make work about shared histories, dress, place, and memory. I work with collective memories, personal stories, and postcolonial and multicultural realities. My art practice is both creative and interventionist; costume is both spectacle and familiar, textile patterns question cultural links through ornamentation, and conversations run across cultures. Seeking social, convivial meeting spaces through artwork becomes a radical strategy, a textile intervention.
Shade is a performance project about shared culture and food. Shade uses dress, decorated dinner tables, performance and food to create social events of arts, dinner and entertainment in specific sites. This year, having successfully gained funding, we are extending our series of feasts and events. Shade markets, Shade Home will start at St Nicholas Markets at the beginning of October, to create a magical evening dinner event in the Glass Arcade, with a tour of other sites in the Markets.We will then progress to four homes across Bristol, working with our Hosts to create a new space of shared food and culture in their neighbourhood.