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I began my textile life at my Gran's knee, learning to knit, crochet, sew and embroider. Then began a brief foray (just the 25 years!) into corporate life, after which I returned to my first love - textiles. Initially I considered myself primarily an embroiderer but then I was shown how to make felt and have never looked back.
I've been making felt for about 8 years, have a City & Guilds Diploma in Feltmaking and am a member of the International Feltmakers Association. I have a first level teaching qualification. My work has been published in the Felt Matters Journal and shown at a number of craft fairs and exhibitions.
Felt is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used to make cobweb light scarves right through to housing (yurts) and is fantastic to stitch into and embellish. You start with the same material every time, wool fibre, but always create something unique. In these days of increased environmental awareness it's also good to know that it's natural and sustainable. After all, the sheep grows a new fleece each year.
My inspiration is the detail found in nature and I particularly love texture and combining wool with fabric in my work. Although neutral colours create stunning and calming pieces I think I'm truly happiest when working with more vivid and saturated colour. The more I work with colour the more I've noticed how my love of colour has grown, even shades I didn't like before are now brought into use and can add unexpected emphasis or depth to pieces. I work to fuse all the skills I have, to create unique, contemporary textiles.
Workshops are great fun and it's always good to spend the day working alongside like-minded people. I'd be delighted to tailor make a class to suit your needs, from one-to-one sessions, workshops for small groups at home to sessions focussing on specific products or techniques. I run regular monthly workshops both at Yeadon in Leeds and Bradley near Skipton. Take a look at my web site for details of the latest workshops, dates and prices.
www.angelabarrow.co.uk, email me at , or call 07745 160090.
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