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Feltmaker and Printmaker

The small school in the Highlands that I attended did not have an art teacher so I missed out on any formal art lessons as a child.  As an adult I have made up for this with an ‘Introduction to Art and Design’ foundation course followed by a post graduate diploma in printmaking and, later, a City and Guilds certificate in Feltmaking.  Latterly I have taken opportunities to attend many workshops and courses with a range of practitioners in primarily feltmaking as they have arisen.  


In both printmaking and feltmaking I find my attention focussing on the surface affects I can produce by adding and subtracting layers or parts of layers.  My prints frequently feature a monoprinted background with blocks printed and overprinted on top creating depth and dimension.  Felt pieces also have layers, often created by cutting back and revealing layers underneath.  The three-dimensional possibilities of felt offer yet more opportunities to explore inner and outer surfaces.


My inspiration for both mediums comes from the natural world around and from my Scottish heritage with both the landscape of the Highlands and Celtic artwork influencing my work.  Another strand comes from music with many images derived from musical notation.


Another aspect of art I enjoy is introducing new people to my passions.  I take particular pleasure in working with complete beginners and enthusing them with joy of creating something new and unique.


Come and see me in the IFA tent at Living Crafts, Hatfield 17 - 20 June 2021

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