I am an Artist who has recently been inspired by the sculptural possibilities of wool!
I feel really enthused by the process of Needle Felting and love the tactile qualities it provides.
Originally studying Ceramics B.A & M.A at U.W.I.C Cardiff. I then worked as a Community Artist and Lecturer in Ceramics for almost 10 years. I now live in Holmfirth where I have now lived for 14 years.
I have divided this time between creating new work, raising my family, Community Art Commissions and being an Artist in Schools.
My work is available to buy direct from my online store and is also stocked by Fitch & Fellows, Hawksbys, Yorkshire Gallery & The Whitehouse gallery, Scotland.
Inspired by the animal form, antique and vintage toys and childhood memories – I combine carefully sourced, reclaimed materials such as wood, wire and vintage mill bobbins (a nod to the Yorkshire textile industry)
I firstly work from my sketches and create a wire armature; core wool is then wrapped around. The form is then made by adding more wool which is sculpted and compacted using barbed felting needles – a process that takes many hours.
Hand stitching adds another layer of colour and creates a rich surface texture which imitates the animal`s coat.
I love to use colour and create texture in my sculptures which are inspired by the rich earthy tones of the moorland landscape surrounding Holmfirth, which borders the Peak District National Park.