Having spent many years in the art world using pastels and pencils doing the same type of art I felt unfulfilled and directionless, I wanted and was above all ready for a new challenge. I had always wanted to be a textile artist, I have a real love fabrics and fibres from all over the world and I wanted to create art that embraces all the cultures and their vibrancy.
I had dabbled with felt/wool a bit here and there but nothing really developed. However, following the sad loss of our two dogs and our cat I really found myself drawn to wools as they have a fur like quality to them, I guess it gave me comfort in some way. Anyone who has a precious pet knows the intense sadness and the void they leave when they cross over. I wanted so desperately to have something tangible of theirs so I decided to do their portraits out of the fibres that gave me comfort and prior to their passing I had collected a fur sample, never knowing what would become of it. I used the wool to paint their portraits and wondered whether I could use their fur as it had similar qualities to it, it worked perfectly. I worked really hard to make them life like and it wasn’t long before friends and family wanted me to do their pets too and it was at that point I realised I could make this into a small business.
So at this point you’re probably wondering what ‘wool painting’ means. Well in the same way an artist uses paint, brushes and a canvas, I use wool, needles and fabric. I take a small amount of the wool fibre and use a special needle that has barbs on it to push the wool into my fabric. The needle barbs only face one way, so as I push down the wool goes through the fabric and is then locked into place. I like to do pet portraits this way and add in their real fur for a very unique and truly special keepsake.
Painting with wool isn’t reserved just for pet portraits. I like to combine wool with all the other fibres I have collected and create entirely one off soft furnishings in an artistic way that you definitely won’t see anywhere else. I can take a sample of your fabric or colour scheme and design something totally unique that will never be replicated (unless a set is required). I will work with you every step of the way to create something special just how you want it, to ensure it fits with your decor.