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Felt Artist

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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 very fine. I am particularly interested in adapting my work for theatre and performance and I welcome enquiries along this line. I also undertake commissions.

Someone once said that feltmaking is at once deceptively simple and endlessly complex. This simplicity is rooted in the earthiness of the raw materials and the physicality of the felting process; all that is required is a determined pair of hands. It's very rewarding to watch the amazement on students's faces as the felt starts to take shape and creative possibilities start to dawn.

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  • Crayfish headdress hand felted by Gladys Paulus
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  • A change is as a good as a holiday, they say. So with that in mind I have been taking a little bit of time out from my sculptural work to enjoy playing around with colour and 2-dimensional felt. A world away from the masks I have been making, these colourful experiments represent the freedom […]

  • Every year my local contemporary art centre Black Swan Arts organises a unique arts competition for creative kids of all ages. The winners of the Young Open Art Competition came to the Main Gallery at the Black Swan on Saturday 22nd March for a special preview and to meet the competition judges, Mayor of Frome […]

  • A very positive review of the Black Sheep exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford (UK) by Katy Dunn for the Crafts Council’s magazine Crafts. The review also includes a mention of my work and coming from such a well respected publication, that is high praise indeed! A quote from the […]

  • “I have worked with other felt makers, but Gladys is a felt artist who knows how to teach too. Her friendly, warm and calm manner guides you easily through the stages of alchemy which is feltmaking.”

  • "I really enjoyed the course and Gladys was such an attentive and clear tutor, who encouraged each of us at what we were working at - she seems to have a knack of knowing what each person needs!"

  • " A complete delight! A fun workshop with a talented artisan who really does know her stuff. Above and beyond what I was expecting and highly recommended".