About my work
Sherry has used her daily dog walk during the 2020 lockdown to collect and press plants from the Nidd Gorge. August 2020 marks the 250th Anniversary of the Duchy Commissioners meeting in Knaresborough to discuss the Duchy disposal of Knaresborough Forest land. This inspired the “Woodland” theme of some of the resulting cyanotypes whilst others were influenced by the social impact of Covid-19.
Cyanotype is an alternative photography technique invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel. Ultra violet light converts a potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate wash to Prussian blue- a blue print. The first photographic books were produced by Anna Children Atkins who used cyanotype photograms to reproduce images of algae for scientific study.
Sherry has used both wet and dry cyanotype processes on paper, textiles and paper vessels. A quillo (a small quilt which folds into a pillow) was made as a response to outdoor social distance meetings. If the virus persists such items may become useful as temperatures cool in the autumn.
Sherry is a fibre artist working with woody materials. As a maker she explores botanic materials using drawing, basket and paper making techniques. She makes art objects which are informed by her career as a conservator of organic artefacts. Through her practice she wants to reflect on the ephemera of life and stimulate interest in often overlooked transient materials and historic natural science collections.