I live in Hampstead Garden Suburb and have done for the last fifty years. I discovered the craft of felt at a week long study workshop in the Victoria and Albert Museum
I have been teaching feltmaking for the last 17 years and have embraced all types of techniques of making felt, both wet and dry methods using mainly wool and silk. I teach feltmaking in a number of Craft Schools across the Southern part of England and I try and enthuse my students and to bring out their natural creativity by encouraging them to be experimental and a bit daring.
About my work
I teach all ages from Primary school to seniors and I try to reinvent the craft using different objectives to suit the type and interest of the students.
I also work with special needs students and in these cases I use a simpler method of creating felt but one which will encourage them to use colour to create individuality. Creating images with coloured fibre works almost like watercolour with the different hues merging into each other.
I have work in the Oxfordshire Museum, in the contemporary Craft collection held at Woodstock. My work was chosen to be part of a juried exhibition, Identity, in Pittsburgh, USA. I have run workshops at the Design Museum in New York as part of the Felt exhibition held there. I have a book published, Felted Friends, now out of print. I have had articles in magazines such as Saga and I write a regular article in Felt Matters which is the magazine of the International Feltmakers Association. I also hold an MA in Applied Art and Visual Culture in which I was awarded a distinction.
The natural world inspires me, the animals in our countryside. I have a favourite artist who’s style has influenced me in my work, Hundertwasser and Walt Disney is always with me as I have been collecting Disney memorabilia for many years especially early Mickey Mouse. I love to travel and now I have started to practice taxidermy which has been an interest of mine since the ‘60’s.
I am happy to take commissions.
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