Felt, Fabric and Fibre
Obsessed with colour and texture, my creative endeavours changed from edible and floral art to all things textile in 2001. An introduction to free-machine embroidery was my ‘light bulb’ moment. That led to my journey of exploration with fibre and textiles. Sometimes unconventional, I delved into a lot of stitching, dyeing and manipulation. In the last few years my focus has been on making felt but I like to include other textile techniques.
Felting with the super fine merino wool we have in Australia is a pleasure and lends itself to creating drape-able fabrics for our warmer climate. I am constantly seeking out and experimenting with traditional and contemporary felting techniques. I get immense satisfaction from working with and transforming delicate wool fibres into a variety of items. The physical process of creating ‘fabric’ from a pile of soft fibre is very rewarding. I love to explore different ideas and have invested in the best tutors and books I can find over the years. In my felt explorations, I often incorporate a variety of fibres and fabrics. Sometimes my inclusions are a bit unusual, but felt is a fabric, so no textile technique is off limits! The possibilities for using wool fibre as a medium are endless.
A digital fibre journal
In reality this website is a digital journal of many of the textile projects I have undertaken. Clicking on most images will take you to galleries and images with more detail. Many have been exhibited and sold while a few pieces have appeared in magazine articles. I participate in and give workshops and look forward to learning more. Thanks to some wonderful books and tutors out there, I also don’t think I will be short of inspiration for some time to come. In short, I hope to share my experiences of what has been and what is still to come.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep – Scott Adams