f e l t f a n c i e s b l u r b : one off & repeat pieces
As a youngster, the brightest coloured pencils and felt tips always seduced me – primary and secondary colours were my favourites (especially red), so too was the kids’ toy, Fuzzy Felts… Art College beckoned. I wanted to do textiles, or something graphics based. But no, I was mysteriously cajoled into the realms of 3D design…
I become a jeweller. For many years, I expressed myself in silver. Pared down, sculptural pieces displayed a modernist aesthetic, inspired by nature and the machine. Planar forms and curvilinear works took shape, but lacked colour. A much needed dot of red found its’ way in, via an interesting brief, entitled RED HOT, which required a set of works to be created celebrating that fabulous colour, and was open to any interpretation. Bliss!
Recent experimental flights of fancy, have enabled me to mix up various materials. New contemporary pieces include high quality, machine made, 100% virgin wool felt. Perfectly flat, and rich in colour, it is hand cut and strategically stitched to create 3d blossoms, leaves and pods. These objects are married up with classic, geometrically shaped forms, fabricated and constructed in silver (oxidised), stainless steel wire, wood and silicone rubber.
Result : Robust abstraction of structural forms, and graphic devices, are employed to create pieces of jewellery, which are timeless in their celebration of nature. These elegant works display a modest simplicity, yet reveal a bolder, more dramatic, context when worn.