Mixed Identity

Maps particularly fascinate Alison as they express complex information but are represented in a visual format that she can appreciate. Alison has studied the shape of The British Isles to investigate an understanding of self. She used particular fabrics indicating signs of national identity: tweed or floral patterns for England and tartan or paisley for Scotland. The textile techniques Alison primarily uses are reverse appliqué and free machine embroidery. It was important to mimic the alignment of the angle of Great Britain so at first glance the British Isles looked unchanged. The muddled maps and the removal of place names confuse their audience who generally identify and tried to find themselves within this relocation.