In the past 10 years I have collaborated and worked on a multitude of interesting and unique projects with many people. I love sharing ideas and skills with other people. Felting is a technique that can be done by people of all ages and abilities and so it lends well to community art projects.
In 2016 I worked on a project with Charron Pugsley-Hill called “The Sky of Poppies”. She was commissioned by Queensgate in Peterborough to create an installation to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. Charron asked me to join her so that together we could teach over 850 people of all ages to felt 1000 poppies. These poppies hung from the ceiling of the mall for 3 months and were admired by many visitors to Peterborough.
Participants were all ages, genders, races & abilities from a young child at school to a 101 year old woman to a war veteran to a woman in prison to a family in Canada. Everyone who participated was able to create a poppy which made the project accessible to all. The art piece also included the names of the 131 men from Peterborough who died during the Battle of the Somme. Each poppy represented 1,000 casualities from all sides and each one is unique and handmade. There is a lot more symbolism in the art installation, please visit Charron’s website to see more about it: http://www.charronpugsleyhill.com/world-war-1/1916-2/
I have a thing about birds. I spend a lot of time watching them and the way the move. I think they are majestic and a lot of my art is inspired by them. Felt lends itself well to making birds because of the colours and textures you can achieve with the medium. Over the last 5 years I have asked Shalini Austin to help me turn some of my favourite birds into collaborated art pieces.
She has made beaks and feet for many of my birds including a dodo, flamingo & peacock. We have since worked on my projects together including bookmarks, jewellery and framed art pieces
Recently I have been collaborating with Pirjo, an amazing knitter who owns With Love From Lincolnshire. She created these delightful mini sweaters for sale at Christmas and I just had to buy lots of them for my poseable animals!
Have an idea for a collaboration? Send me a message, I’m always up for a challenge!