Jess Rippengale United Kingdom
Currently working in Bristol, Jess grew up in Cornwall and its elemental nature seeps through into her work. The sea comforts, it is a safe place, and it is used as subject, object and memory. Jess graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (hons) in Fine Art and combines this training with skills handed down by previous generations.
"Cornwall is home to my fondest memories and strongest associations. My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was young and I’ve done it on and off all my life. I whittle crochet hooks from driftwood and use them to create colourscapes of the beaches they came from. I work with the idea that the driftwood reveals its ‘memory’ of the beach through its unique properties; Sticks from the same beach vary in size and wood type and this affects the way the hooks work and what yarn / thread works well with them. The same beach will look different across the seasons, across the days; I could spend a year on my favourite beach and not exhaust its potential. I use crochet as a medium for exploring our coast, which I have been separated from, but which has sculpted me. Unique to my practise is the fact that each hook is used only once, serving as a hanging bar for the piece and the piece serving as a personal history of the driftwood and its journey or landing place."