Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
About my work
I cannot imagine living in a society that represses my creative endeavours based on my religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status or the colour of my skin. The ability to express myself is something I have taken for granted.
For such a personal piece, it had to have part of me in it; I chose to embroider my hands. Hands are important. They can be used to comfort, create and hold. My hands are lined and I have callouses on my fingers from stitching.
The hand-dyed cotton comes from East Sussex, the county where I was born and raised. It was carefully wrapped in tissue paper and sent to me in Western Australia. I sketched my hands onto the fabric and hand-stitched every tiny detail. The thread is vintage silk and cotton I sourced rummaging through second-hand shops. The handwriting is messy and uneven, but it is my own.
- Enid Twiglet
Enid Twiglet was born in East Sussex in south-east England in 1982. Enid grew up deep in the British countryside and spent an awful lot of time playing with insects and hanging out with her chicken friends. She even professionally showed her rare breed hens as a child! Throughout her life Enid has always been fascinated by what others consider ugly, distasteful and weird. Migrating to Perth, Western Australia, in 2004 opened Enid’s eyes up to a whole other world of interesting flora and fauna. When she decided to return to study in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University, Enid rediscovered her love for the macabre and spent her undergraduate degree exploring human mortality and material memory.
During her degree Enid delved more into her hand-embroidery practice, which evolved into a small art and design label where she creates custom hand-embroideries as well as using contemporary practices to create laser-engraved homewares and jewellery. This allowed Enid to become an active member of the creative community in Perth which opened up opportunities for her to exhibit locally and internationally.
Enid continues to create intricate hand-embroideries that open up a dialogue about what is typically considered ugly, taboo and/or offensive. Enid is passionate about women’s rights and she creates hand-embroidered menstrual cycles to order, with each sale seeing a donation go to Share the Dignity Australia. Enid is also a dedicated vegan and organ donor supporter who has created embroideries to raise awareness and money for SAFE Perth, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre and Live Life Give Life.