Welcome! I am a Devon based felt artist. My inspiration comes from the land, the seasons, myth and fairytale, the beautiful local landscape of wild moor and sea and the natural world in all its forms. I like to use locally sourced fleece wherever possible, I love playing with varying textures and any merino wool I use is guaranteed to have come from sheep that are treated well. Do check the story of where your wool comes from.
Felt is the oldest textile in the world. There are several theories as to where it originated, I tend to think it was a natural discovery through finding that wool mats quite readily. It is insulating, strong, shapeable, water-repellant… Felt is created through friction,heat and moisture. Wool fibres have tiny barbs which cling tightly to each other, matting together to form a strong, durable fabric. It can be diaphanous or rigid, cut,stitched or embroidered. Fantastic.
Much of my work is created in a little handmade shack underneath tall trees. It is constructed mostly from recycled windows, corrugated iron and local timber. Birds and other creatures visit, the wind sneaks in through the cracks and friends come and chat by the woodburner. I work in there whenever I can, the moon rises over the hedge and looks down on the tumble of fibres and wooly goodness. Sometimes I work with fine mulberry silk and am drawn to the lightness and finery it suggests. Other times I like to work away at a sheepy kempy hard thing. I enjoy discovering new ideas and techniques for hats and crowns, they are born of fairytales and friends, ragamuffins and queens. Some of them have strong characters which I hope translate through the photographs. I hope my work breathes a little extraordinary into the everyday.
Thank you for taking time to look at my work,it is a passion and a joy.If I can help in any way with felting questions do leave a comment.