Another artist residency is under way at Caritas Christi hospice in Kew, for the St Vincent's Hospital Residency Program 20th Anniversary year. I am using my time in the 'cloistered' room with spectacular views over the Studley parklands, to work on a project that has been in the wings for several years now - The Linen Project. Over the decade I've been collecting, extracting and reconstructing domestic needlework, I've also accumulated a stockpile of leftover linens. The quality of vintage and antique linens is beautiful to touch and to see and that kind of linen, which was once an everyday object, is now rare and very expensive. Many of the leftover doileys, teaclothes, tray and tablecloths etc have a unique negative space, which mimics the embroidered motif that it once held. Others have more random negative shapes from less-painstaking extraction. These shapes are being infilled, by stitching with a vintage sewing machine, another layer of linen - "unfinished business" from either embroidery that was partially started but never completed, or linens with only the embroidery transfer. See photos below. The Linen Project will, hopefully, result in an immersive installation in which the viewer is surrounded by and, in some way feels held by, the protective and comforting materiality of linen. The Linen Project will be a homage to my mother, her mother and all the mothers, who have made and used domestic linens to care for their families. It also acknowledges the intrinsic role of linens in the healing and care of patients in the hospital setting.