I am a local Designer / Maker working with textiles and polymer clay. Since visiting a craft fair where wet felting was being demonstrated, I have been hooked. I have just finished a Level 3 Fibrecraft course at Bicton College which furthered my desire to be able to make any number of useful and wonderful things with wool fibres. I find the concept of using wool that has been living and breathing and is a constant, natural and renewable source, is unique.
If you think about it, it is amazing. As long as there is grass to graze on, every year sheep will produce a new fleece – a sustainable product which at the end of its useful life can be returned to the soil where it decomposes and releases valuable nutrients into the soil, unlike most synthetics, valuable to the end.
My mother was a tailoress and although I still cannot sew a straight line, I find that interpretation and creativity must run deep in our family.
I am inspired by nature which is rich in its colours and variety. The seasons of the year produce different responses and we are all people of one season or another. I am not a winter person, I am fuchsia and turquoise and emerald.
I am just starting on my textile journey. I like to explore methods which have come from cultures in distant countries, and am working on wet felting using ikat techniques.
Creation gives me ideas and one project tends to lead onto another one. I find as I get older there is an urgency to delve deeper into what I already know, but have forgotten.
The colours of the sea also play a big part in my inspiration, which theme you can see running through my work. The blues, cerulean, deep greens and winter greys are all suffused with light and depth, and I imagine what is beneath the waves and try to use those images positively with as many techniques as I can to make something which I hope is bold and appealing.