I am a textile artist working predominantly in felt. Felt is a unique, non-woven textile made from wool fibres. Felt making is the process during which wool fibres shrink and come together to form a dense mat when subjected to heat, humidity, friction and a change of alkalinity. The art of feltmaking predates woven cloth and is thought to date back to Neolithic times.
Felt is versatile and can be moulded into three-dimensional forms, made thick and hard or fine and pliable. My work explores a loss of a sense of sacredness in the world, and often stems from very personal issues such as my identity and ancestry. I am interested in pushing the boundaries of the medium and I welcome enquiries from galleries who are interested in working with me.
Felt making is at once deceptively simple and endlessly complex. This simplicity is rooted in the earthiness of the raw materials and the pure physicality of the felting process, whilst the complexity lies in the sheer variety of possibilities that this medium offers. I teach felt making in an annual programme of master classes and workshops that are in demand internationally, and am working on adding on-line workshops to this programme.