The catalyst for this work is the phenomenon of ‘Zwarte Piet’- the black servant/slave who accompanies Saint Nicolas at Christmas in the Netherlands. Referencing this quaint (and offensive) Dutch phenomenon of blacking up;  ‘Big SISTER’ invites the viewer to re evaluate Zwarte Piet, no longer the slave or child-like fool, but a commanding adult female presence with a very different agenda. Part of a series of giant felted faces, this triptych has been created by Digitally printing the photographic images onto silk chiffon, then Nuno felting with Merino wool and hand stitched.