What is Felt?
Feltmaking is an ancient process. I discovered it while at University and was hooked instantly! It has become a strong passion of mine. It is a process of using pure loose wool, that has been washed (scoured) and brushed into long soft wool (carded). The wool can then be dyed. I use the raw wool in a process called feltmaking to design and create pieces of non woven material called felt. I then incorporate silks, lace or yarns. I then use the felt I've created to make large scale textile pieces or products.
All the materials I use are of a high standard and many are reclaimed like vintage lace, silk and linen noil, which is basically the remnants from spinners who spin silk. I fully line all my bags with dupion satin and make each piece individual, no one piece will be the same. I try to source buttons that are unique and the hessian strapping for my bags is hard wearing and ecologically sound. I love different types of fabrics and try to challenge myself in the way that they are used.
How I find my inspiration
Not only do I look to the textile world for inspiration, but take influence from illustration and cartography. I begin my designs with sketches or photographs, using line for the skeleton of my pieces. Using lace, silk and embroidery I makes pieces that reflect the colours and textures of the seasons. I enjoy mark making as a seed for my pieces. Feltmaking is an ancient process but also a modern and diverse material. I like people to recognise that ancient uses are being celebrated in a modern world.