Wednesday, 5 April 2017

NOW for something completely different!

The felting workshops are over for a while and I'm busy preparing for my first 
solo exhibition to be held at Quarr Abbey Art Gallery, near Ryde on the
 Isle of Wight, just after Easter.

The exhibition is called STRICTLY COMMERCIAL and features illustrations, 
collage and craftwork from my published books... 
So not a piece of felt in sight!

I worked in children's publishing for over 30 years, free-lancing as an illustrator 
and writer, and worked on many publications - non-fiction and fiction, craft books, 
pop-ups, puzzles, magazines. There will be lots of original artwork on show 
and for sale, plus recently published books and cards. 

The exhibition is from Thursday 20th to Tuesday 25th April, open daily from 
10.30 am to 4.30pm with FREE admission and I will be at the gallery everyday. 
There's another chance to see it again in the summer from the 
27th July to 1st August.

I've held a number of feltmaking workshops at Quarr Abbey. 
It's an amazing place to visit with wonderful buildings and gardens, 
that create a unique peaceful atmosphere. 
I'm thrilled to be holding the exhibition at this very special place. 

There's lots more pictures and information on my other blog...

And normal felt making will resume after the show when I'll be posting 
up new workshop dates for June & July...

Sunday, 22 January 2017


The start of a new year and a new season of FELTED GARDEN workshops ahead....Including some exciting NEW topics which I hope will inspire both seasoned feltmakers and those of you keen to learn a new craft! 

Last year I came across a brilliant little book FILZ EXPERIMENT, written by a German couple, which really excited me and got me thinking about experimenting with shape and texture in my work. By using simple 'shibori' techniques - gathering, stitching and binding - before the final stages of felting you can coax the felt into amazing contortions... And once felted in they remain permanent, giving some totally unexpected results!!

It literally opens up another dimension to feltwork. Areas of texture can be introduced into flat felted pictures—possibly enhancing a foreground or emphasising details which can be worked further with stitches and beads…

In 3-D work patches of texture on vessels and bags add so much interest and are also reversible—giving a different effect to either side — convex one way, concave the other! The folds, ridges, bumps and pointy tendrils create some wonderful organic shapes.

The SHIBORI TEXTURES workshop on Saturday 18th March is a chance for everyone to spend a day experimenting with these unusual  techniques, sharing ideas and results. It’s aimed at felt makers with some experience and I’m suggesting everyone comes along well-prepared with plenty of pre-felts so we can start immediately with the shibori stages, make the most of the time and go home armed with lots of amazing samples and inspiration!

Sometimes it’s good to take a day out and allow yourself time to play and experiment with something new. No pressure to achieve a finished piece, just trying out different materials and effects and enjoying the day with like-minded people… It should be fun!

I'd really like to thank Annette Quentin-Stoll & Robert Quentin the authors of 
FILZ EXPERIMENT for sharing their work in this inspiring book. Although the text is in German, which I don't read, the brilliant photography is self-explanatory 
and speaks wonders!  

There are more details about all the new workshop dates coming up in March 
at Seely Hall, Brook Village, IOW if you follow this link...

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