Reworked with Dorothy Jackson


An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invites Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them in reworked form. 

To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, the group also have been tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist.  This brief aims to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas.

In the run up to the Reworked exhibition we will be posting a glimpse behind the scenes as the artists prepare their work.

What inspires you?

I am interested in the natural environment and human dependence on it, including the ingenuity, crafts and technology needed to make use of natural resources.


How do you approach the Reworked brief?

I revisited previous work on plant forms and cell structure, thinking about the machinery of plant function that sustains the majority of life on earth. I keep bees, so I extended this idea of the living machine to a consideration of the hive and its architecture.  

Describe your working environment

I am lucky to have a studio space in my home on Skye. It is rapidly filling up with assorted found treasures and gathered materials, which I store for inspiration and potential reworking.


What music do you listen to whilst working?

Radio 4 or World Music while tidying up, otherwise silence.

What book is at your bedside?

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, and their race to save the worlds most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer


Find out more about Dorothy Jackson in our members’ profiles and view her work in our forthcoming exhibition:




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