Limpets, often overlooked, play a crucial role in coastal ecosystems as diligent grazers that prevent algae overgrowth and create habitats for other organisms. Given this role, they symbolise the interconnectedness of all life forms and the inherent value each organism holds within an ecosystem. These unassuming creatures, with their quiet but vital contributions exemplify the intricate balance of nature.
I have created an artwork that represents the limpet, showcasing its delicate nature and resilience. The piece combines different materials and techniques. The limpets themselves are made of fabric that has been stiffened and hand-painted, with additional details created using machine embroidery. The background of the artwork features a mix of hand-printed elements cut and collaged, brought together with hand embroidery. The base of the artwork is a dyed blanket. Together, these elements aim to capture the complexity and beauty of coastal ecosystems. Through this artwork, I hope to inspire viewers to appreciate the intricate world of limpets and reflect on our connection to nature.