I hope to create beauty in the world. We need it. Not because the world isn’t beautiful as it is but because as creatures we have such a potential to embrace and inspire, share stories and be moved. The summer is alive with so much incredible stuff, bewitching scents and blossom, ever-changing lives and cycles. I’ve been making flowers for woolly hanging baskets and cauldrons, there are lots of tiny felted wire stalks and petals all waiting patiently to become a small part of a magical garden. They also work as hair adornments. These photos were a real joy, a burst of colour in the gaps between the rain.
This was a beautiful May evening. I’ve edited the colour of these images simply because I stayed up far too late playing with them and discovering their magical qualities and I love the way they look altered. We planned to do a daytime shoot in a yellow rapeseed field the following morning only to find that all the bright fields had dwindled to a murky green/brown over the last week. Next year for that one then!
Reds with black,grey and white,simple and classic.
This hat is wet felted using Shetland,merino and Finnish wools. Plenty of texture but really comfortable.
I’ve been looking forward to this shoot for weeks.The weather was gorgeous,we had the place to ourselves and there was an air of mystery in the old church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman at Stoke in Devon.It is a church without a roof and ever since I first saw it I’ve wanted to make some work there. I made this hat in the winter,it was inspired by insects,aliens,mermaid’s purses and it feels comfortable yet magickal. I’ve always pictured it here,now I am satisfied. 🙂 Over on my Facebook page there is a little film which I can’t seem to upload onto here,take a look.
This is one of my favourite colours,deep and fertile or lichen-pale or mossy bright. There are new rich greens emerging right now,wild garlic,wild leeks,elder,and we’re only weeks away from the full orchestra of spring. This magickal hat was born from these times,it is subtle and earthy; it travels from dark at the brim to light at the tip. Our beautiful day in the gardens at Coleton Fishacre was similar,warm in the sunny spots and chilly in the shade. The day before we had sun,snow,sun and hail all within a few hours. I love this changeable time of year,it’s a wake-up call and shakes us from our wintery slumbers.
This is a crone or sage hat.Its inner realm is a rich fertile green with layers of colour and story;pale turquoise fish dance with dark teal seals,murky browns churn the sea bed tossing blues and greens throughout.The additions of corriedale white are the foamy white horses. I’ve included black and white images here as I love the textures of the hat against the dunes and the silhouette of St Michael’s Mount. There are more colour images on my Facebook page.Thanks for looking!
Inspired by insect antennae, iconic goddess shapes, mermaid’s purses and Star Wars, this hood is the first of its type. Yet to have a proper photoshoot, it was such a gorgeous day yesterday it seemed a shame not to take it out for a seaside airing. It is gorgeously soft, made with Blue Faced Leicester and Merino wools. I’m still in a wintery white mood,just hungry for more time and fair weather to photograph my recent work. Apologies for being so quiet on here, I’ve been enjoying working at The Studio at the Craft Centre in Dartington, updating my collection of hats there, I also now have some work for sale at The Alcove in Penzance. I’ve been struggling with the crazy rain flooding my shack, meaning I have to work in wellies and there’s not been time to document anything. Aah the lighter days are appoaching soon, we can all breathe out a bit…