Artwork for Caroline Merrell
Recycled wedding dress
Vessel within a vessel
I'm a true believer in life long learning, especially in creative arts. I love to pass on all the knowledge I have obtained through teaching and my own workshops and keep no secrets, there is not a better feeling than passing on your passion and enthusiasm to others and watching it grow inside them. I am a tactile person and the pleasure I get from working with fibres, touching, seeing, smelling and even listening is like no other.
When I came across the medium of wool fibres, it simply stopped me in my tracks. I was rooted to the ground as my eyes looked in wonder at the beautiful individual art pieces that were made from almost raw fibres. From this moment felt was in my heart and became a part of me. It is the versatile and tactile nature of wool that made working in fibres love at first sight. Felt making has given me opportunities that have nurtured me and helped me to grow from inside and given me confidence in my life, not only from a creative view but also in day to day living.
I see myself as a felt artist first and foremost, to take a journey in feltmaking is to follow a path that is never ending. I'm still discovering new things, getting excited and inspired by the most ordinary of things, creativity feeds my soul and I love to instill this in others by inspiring creativity through teaching.
Handmade felt, commissions and workshops for groups and individuals along with a good selection of felting supplies for sale
University of Warwick - July 2008
CertEd - Certificate of Higher Education in
Post Compulsory Education and Training
New College, Bromsgrove - July 2006
City and Guilds 7407 teaching
New College, Bromsgrove - July 2005/2004
City and Guilds feltmaking levels 1, 2 and 3
City and Guilds design for craft levels 1, 2 and 3
City and Guilds machine embroidery level, 2 and 3
Specialist textile qualification in Feltmaking recognised by EU taken in Finland, I am the only person in the UK to have this
Something Red - Filtti, Summer exhibition 2019, 01/07/2019 - 04/08/2019
Felt for Tomorrow - 20th anniversary exhibition of Filtti, 15/12/2018 - 5/5/2019 - Craft Museum of Finland, Jyvaskyla,
Felt works and fibre supplies are available from my studio. It is not manned everyday, please email or call if you would like to visit. From June I will have a dedicated day a week that I will be open.