How do you visualise a text as a shape?
When we are reading, we are finding patterns. It is quite personal, but I suppose I visualise shapes, or textures, that match the text. If a text is intensely mathematical and structured, for me it will be a more rigid geometrical structure. Whereas a novel like Wuthering Heights is about a landscape of human emotions, so the texture will contain contours and rhythms.
Have you mastered your technique?
I shift from one technique to another. I don’t think I am a master craftsman in the sense of being obsessed with one specific technique. I love paper and am fascinated by what paper can do. But it is not just the paper that is important but also what the paper is for and what it conveys.
Who are you grateful to for helping your career?
I work with Jaggedart gallery in London, and they have helped me a lot. Andrea, the gallery owner, found me a long time ago and nurtured me and introduced my work to wide audiences. She has been a valuable mentor for more than a decade.
What do you like about your craft?
I am so lucky! It is a process which is calming and beautiful and, on another level, it is exciting not knowing how things will work out. I do feel that it is an incredible privilege to have the time to be able to do this work.