I was first introduced felt when I moved to the Stroud Valleys with its long history of textiles. I was completely amazed by the magic of the felting process and was inspired to learn more, qualifying with a City & Guilds in Feltmaking in 2003. I learned at the feet of skilled feltmakers from all over the world through the International Feltmakers Association which has honed my technique and introduced me to many different styles from which I have drawn my inspiration.
In my work I like to explore the versatility of felt as a medium through colour, texture and shape, blending different shades of fleece with wisps of silk, linen and metallic threads to create a fabric with a rich depth of colour. I combine the wool with fine silk and cotton fabrics and, making use of its unique shrinkage properties, create new textiles with unique intricate textures. I aim always to create well finished felts that are fine and soft yet durable, using finest merino fleece to create pieces from light wearables and delicate lamphades to firm bags.
My current collection includes a range of fine nuno-felted seamless tops and jackets, textured silk chiffon and merino scarves, delicate couture lampshades, a range of day and evening bags, hats and elegant corsages.
Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Gallery, Painswick
Made in Stroud Gallery, Stroud
Studio 7, Pegasus Art Shop, London Road, Thrupp, Stroud, GL5 2AZ
Made by Hand, Tredegar House, Newport, 30 November-2 December 2012
Made London, One Marylebone, London NW1 4AQ, 26-28 October 2012
Talk ‘Felt, Why and How’, Painswick Women’s Group, 15 November 2012
Stroud International Textiles ‘Select Trail’, 11-19 May 2013
Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Spring Exhibition, Tetbury, 8-12 May 2013