The orignal inspiration for my collection comes from 1950s black and white photographs of Iranian shepherds.
They have the particularity of wearing large traditional felted coats called Kepenek which sculptural and resolutely modern shape particularly captured my attention.
These coats perform as shelters when shepherds lead their herds through the mountains, protecting them from the cold, rain and wild beasts. This sculptural and functional use of the felt led me to explore the works of Joseph Beuys and Robert Morris two other major influences for my work.
Richard Long's land art photographs and the mineral environment of the Iranian shepherds led me to develop a textile felting technique reminiscent of the forms present in mountain landscapes.