I am a UK-based artist, working predominantly in the medium of hand-made felt textiles.
The starting point of much of my work is informed by the primal nature of my raw materials, and the alchemy of the felt making process itself. Wool fibres, water and soap are combined to transform into a fabric which can be shrunk into tactile forms through a long and physical process, the wool memorising the form as it dries. The idea of the wool “remembering’ provides me with the means to mark and process events in my life and links me to an ancient textile tradition which is thought to predate woven cloth.
Despite the characteristic strength of felt there is an implied fragility to the sculpted form. I am interested in this tension, and how far I can push the boundaries of the medium. Wool is an honest, protective and nurturing medium, which is ultimately subject to the ravages of time as much as we are. There is something profoundly humbling in investing hours of work in a piece that may or may not survive me.
My intricate costumes and masks reflect my interest in the nature of our human condition, concepts of self, and loss of a sense of sacredness in the modern world, and hint of ritual practices, archetypes and tribal art.
I was born in the Netherlands and studied fine art painting at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (NL). After moving to the UK in 1995, I started exploring traditional crafts, and via an interest in natural materials and plant fibres, eventually found my way to wool.
I live and work in Somerset, England. I am a member of the the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Crafts Council Selected Index of Makers, International Feltmakers Association and Somerset Art Works. My work can be found in private collections throughout Europe and the Americas.
17 – 25 March 2018: The Selkie: Weaving & the Wild Feminine, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB.
Exhibition featuring work by Imogen Di Sapia // Lily Waugh // Gladys Paulus // Joanna Hruby // Caroline Bond. The textile work in this show reflects on the folklore of The Selkie through craft, and is an exploration of motherhood and perinatal mental health.
16 Sept – 14 Oct. 2017: ‘Hinterland’, solo exhibition; Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB. Hinterland is the result of a ritual of mourning and healing carried out over the past year in response to the death of the artist’s father in 2015, and the subsequent uncovering of her ancestors’s traumatic history in the former Dutch East-Indies.
2016/17: “Zoomorphic”, group show; Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Torfaen, Wales.
2016: “A Darn Good Yarn”, group show, Greenhill Arts, Newton Abbot, Devon
2014-2017: “Black Sheep – the darker side of felt”, national touring group exhibition organised by the National Centre for Craft & Design (UK). Venues across the UK
2015: “Etsy Four Corners of Craft” at London Design Week, Tent London at the Old Truman Brewery, London. Group show curated by Etsy.com
2015: “Shape Shifting & Story Walking”, Rook Lane Arts, Frome, Somerset
2014: “Frome Open Studios”, The Bennett Centre, Frome, Somerset
2013: “Makers”, RedEarth Gallery, Tiverton, Devon
2013: “Decorative Arts”, Rook Lane Arts, Frome, Somerset