This year we have enjoyed adding new art collections to our range. We have given space to a new textile artist ‘I Felt It’ who specialises in sea and landscapes created using needle felting techniques.
We caught up with her recently to needle her for some answers!
SIO So why needle felting to create your art?
I Felt It Funny you should ask this as I did kind of stumble across this whilst having a creative session with a fellow artist friend. I have always enjoyed working with textiles doing embroidery, knitting and making things with felt and buttons – for which I have a bit of an obsession. I had gone to an amazing annual textile exhibition at Hilliers Arboretum near Romsey (Hampshire) and bought a starter kit of wool inspired by my friend and we had a ‘play’ with it the next week.
Creatively you experiment with lots of different techniques to express yourself but sometimes you find your ambition does not often match your skills! However within one session I had produced a needle felting seascape that I was inordinately proud of and the rest is history. I love the fact you build up your picture gradually in layers and can incorporate raw wool as well as woven strands, embroidery threads, silk etc. The more layers and interesting fibres you use the better. It is very forgiving as well – if you are not happy with your piece you just layer more on over the top until you are happy with it and in fact that first piece I felted has already been overfelted and upcyled into something better.
SIO What about the frames – you seem to have a few interesting ones
I Felt It As with a lot of art you have your finished piece but it is mounting and framing that really adds the magic to the final article. I have a supplier in Brighton of upcycled wooden frames which are washed and distressed and really add to the naturalness of the subjects. Recently my husband has started a great line in upcycling and finds frames for me and paints them up in the exact colours to match my finished pieces – using Farrow and Ball paint don’t you know! They are my current favourites and a cool way to bring something back to life that was found looking a bit sad.
SIO So what about the button obsession then?
I Felt It Yes. Well…My favourite jewellery pieces are made of buttons. You know you have your stash of all your arty farty bits? A lot of my boxes are filled with buttons. I cannot resist buying them – vintage ones at antique markets or a few random ones at car boot sales. Sometimes I just rummage through them – enjoying them just for having a collection. I have made some felt button boxes as gifts. I have plans to make some rings out of my latest purchases and maybe try some other art – so watch this space! Variety is the spice of life.
To view the complete I Felt It collection we have click here: http://www.styleitoutonline.co.uk/art-new-i-felt-it-c-111_143.html