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Recently I have been employing garments and fragments of cloth as designs for tapestry. Re-presenting cloth in cloth involves a meta level of cognition that satisfies my intellectual and emotional interest in issues of representation, gender, family and personal identity. I have used my own drawings of family clothing, historical garments and utilitarian cloth as models for the tapestries. The cloth has the ability to suggest, or embody, its former owner and uses. Cloth surrounds us and is usually taken for granted – yet its presence in our lives and rituals suggests a significance that transcends a particular historical situation. It is rich with symbolic potential, with both presence and absence. It is both comforting and melancholic.