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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.

felt pods by fibre artist sara quail perth
Felt pod variations using the same size resist

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

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