Danielle has developed a jewellery collection which incorporates raku, fine wire crochet work and handmade beads to create designs that convey sensitivity. Stemming from her previous conceptual work on scientific exploration, she has recycled her handmade embossing boards once used for her book project, through the medium of clay. Adorning the body with imagery developed from its exploration on a cellular level, her work has intrigue but is also open to interpretation.
This handmade artist book was inspired by the developments in observation of the skin. Over the years, the approach to observing the skin has changed, at the beginning much was based on its surface; burns, scars, tattoos etc. but in more recent years it has become more about investigating at a cellular level, in terms of microscopic imagery; the idea of revealing the concealed, which Danielle has portrayed by incorporating hidden drawers and layers within her hand cut pages. The book graduates from very subtle embossing and pale ceramic pieces, to more prominent and detailed areas, thus suggesting the movement from the visible surface of the skin to the microscopic. Danielle’s hand bound book contains flocked and foiled metal, crochet and ceramic pieces that were based on her microscopic investigation/ research, which she did both at home and at Cardiff University.
The focus of this work was to explore the interconnections within the body. To do so, Danielle studied the neurological response to psychological stress, and the resultant dermatological condition of psoriasis. She began with microscopic investigation; translating these forms into screen printed patterned elements within resin each representing a different stage in this journey through the body. The journey begins with the brain and neurones and ends with the epidermis and skin treatments for psoriasis. The colours are taken from her research into neurone imagery and the dyes used in microscopic slides to show the specimens. The crochet wire pieces are intended to represent the complexity of these connections within the body in which psoriasis is the result, and also the questioned genetic link associated with psoriasis (DNA). Danielle has used the Cyanotype process which requires the sun for exposure, mirroring how the sun can be used to treat psoriasis. The resin acts as a medium for encapsulating her fabric and wire elements, and in addition represents the slides, which trap specimens to be viewed under a microscope.
In this work ‘Yellow Fever 1865’ (which has been exhibited in the Waterfront Museum, Swansea in November/December 2011) Danielle has used motion sensored lighting to enhance the imagery, revealing hidden elements, playing on the idea of the metaphysical. She likes the idea of representing the individual, in a clinical way so this led to her decision to use lit fabric areas- digital, devoré and pigment printed, each one of these areas representing a person who died from yellow fever in 1865. Lights fade in slowly once the motion sensor is activated by the viewer’s interaction, representing the spread of the disease at the Swansea location, transforming the fabric by revealing the concealed second layer. She has used a Water-jet cutter to engrave and cut mild steel which is on a laser engraved plywood background. The fabric is contained within the metal form representing the element of quarantine. She plans for the viewer to perceive the form as a map- like structure, implying a sense of location.