Gladys Paulus uses the ancient technique of felt making to create work which hints at a loss of a sense of sacredness in this world. Her practice of Insight meditation and study of Buddhist concepts and ways of seeing, feed and inform her arts practice.
Born and raised in the Netherlands in 1973, Paulus comes from a family of artists and crafts folk. She studied drawing and painting at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht before moving to the UK in 1995, where she started exploring traditional crafts and, via an interest in natural materials and plant fibres, eventually found her way to wool. Handmade felt remains her current medium of choice, although she increasingly incorporates a range of other materials into her work.
Paulus is a visiting tutor at many specialist textile venues. Though based in the UK, her master classes are in demand worldwide. She is an exhibiting member of the 62 Group of textile artists and is on the Crafts Councils Selected Index of Makers
20 March – 18 April 2020: “Hinterland”, solo show. Greenhill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Devon.
17 – 25 March 2018: “The Selkie: Weaving & the Wild Feminine”, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB.
Imogen Di Sapia // Lily Waugh // Gladys Paulus // Joanna Hruby // Caroline Bond. An exploration of motherhood and perinatal mental health through the folklore of The Selkie.
16 Sept – 14 Oct. 2017: “Hinterland”, solo show; Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB.
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