Oh dear heavens, people are actually reading this thing?
I hate bios, actually. Never know what on earth to say. I mean, it’s my blog, right? Isn’t that more “about Kelly Ridley” than anyone needs?
Well, in case not:
I majored in philosophy, which means I have a degree in “thinking too much”. After my graduation, since we had managed to remain alive longer than many people expected, my husband and I decided that the only decent thing to do was to retire to our country estate. Unfortunately, we didn’t have one; but with some help from The Ed (a magical figure around whom we’ve based a simple but satisfying religion, any resemblance to my mother’s boyfriend is purely intentional) we managed to get an old schoolhouse in the middle of nowhere that serves the purpose. I now live there with my husband, a dog, a cat, five sheep, and a large number of chickens.
I am a costume designer specializing in (but not limited to) historical dress. I am a knitter. I have had modest success with several methods of lace making, and have in the past year or two been amusing myself with various types of fabric manipulation and image transfer. I have been working with fibres and textiles literally all my life. My grandmother was a skilled dressmaker who taught me how to make doll dresses and tat lace. My mother is a fibre artist, who taught me patterning and technique and who constantly inspires my creativity and experimentation. My own work is definitely a mix of these two influences. I love the idea of “wearable art”: I am intrigued by the thought of my work becoming a sort of ‘living installation’ that by its very nature is worked into the fabric (so to speak) of daily life.