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Shelley is drawn to the effects of time, the transience of nature, the things that go un-noticed and the ever changing fragility of the things around her. She is currently investigating the impact of man on the environment with particular reference to the coral seas.

Her latest work explores the death of the world’s coral reefs as a result of climate change and rising sea temperatures. Although it appears to be inert, coral is actually a living creature. The most obvious sign that coral is sick is coral bleaching. This occurs when water temperatures rise for a sustained period, leading to the skeletal appearance of the coral.
Fifty percent of the world’s coral reefs are already damaged. Ten percent are damaged beyond repair and only five percent are unaffected and in pristine condition. Her latest work explores these statistics and represents the mass coral bleaching.
The work is created by using fragments of photographic images, prints, gestural marks, calligraphy and statistics that are carefully selected, arranged, layered, patched and pieced and then held together with stitch.

A recurring theme in her work is fragmentation, reconstruction and repair. She uses techniques inspired by Kantha and Japanese Boro, layering scraps of distressed, pre-used fabrics to create a new whole by layering, darning and mending. She prints, paints, dyes and stains fabrics and paper. After careful selection, the small pieces are layered, patched and pieced, then held together with stitch or other materials such as metal, plaster, nails, pins, tacks, staples and wire or whatever is relevant to the subject.

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