Resilience – the ability to bounce back in response to disturbance or stress. The two sections of the exhibition – impressionistic landscapes and black and red abstracts - explore ideas about how people and places become more resilient. I’m using the process of making felt as a metaphor for building resilience. Through the harsh action of wet felting, the fine wisps of wool and silk, fibres and organic materials forming the building blocks of the artwork are tightly bonded together. The resulting textile is stronger, more stable, more durable, more resilient. Stresses and disturbance leave marks and scars at times so subtle they seem not to be there at all. Sometimes we don’t bounce back, we bounce forward.