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Having studied for a degree in Art and Design textiles in Bradford, I developed a fascination for wool in many forms. I learned to spin and dye, initially for knitting, but on giving up a full-time teaching career, around fifteen years ago I discovered felt and instantly saw its potential both for texture and colour, and for its use in two and three dimensional work.
The inspiration for my work is a love of the natural world, its physical, eroded and organic form, and the light effects that can alter our perception and impressions of individual landscapes. I also enjoy looking in more detail at the textures and surface detail of rocks, trees, water etc- the elements that make up those landscapes.
The techniques I use involve hand-dyeing merino wool to give a range of shades, then working in low relief to develop complex textures and details by dyeing and incorporating a variety of fibres and fabrics into a base-layer of individually laid tufts, “brushstrokes” of wool. After wet-felting this, I then emphasize the texture and depth of the piece with hand and machine stitching.
Although I still enjoy teaching children and adults, I find the major part of my time now is spent felt-making, my work having been exhibited and sold in galleries in Shropshire and North Wales. I have also accepted invitations to exhibit at the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes and at the Ellesmere School Annual Art Exhibition.