I have worked with fibre for what seems like my whole life, but actually it was from a very young age when me mother first showed my her embroidery work, it was stunning. Sensibly she started me with general sewing and something practical like my school uniform. I remember there was always a jumper being knit or a blouse being made, it was just normal to make things. I did not see it as a hobby or a craft in those days, it was just what we did.
I have crafted all my life and like many artists I have had two 'lives' one of crafting and creating and the other unrelated full-time employement. A brief change for seven years I had my own interior design business which I had thought was the only way to incorporate my skills into paid employment. As much as I loved the design it was within the limited parameters of my clients desires.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago when I started to repair and sell vintage teddy bears and went on a bear making course so that my repair skills could be improved. I stumbled across needle felting at the same time and realised it would be a great way to repair the 'fur' of the bears and this lead to the rocking horses. I started to improve my needle felting skills and wanted to produce 3d sculptures and u-tube provided the answer with Sarafina Fibre Art. What a revelation that was, sculpting with fibre, and this brings us up to date with my Artisan Bears, Fibre Sculptures (needle felting) and Rocking Horses. I learn something new with every creation and long may it continueArtisan Bears I create my bears with the skills learnt from Lorraine Edwards of Arctophilia Bears. Some of the patterns are my own and some I have adapted to my own style from Lanies designs. I have focussed more on Critters than Teddy Bears and I bring a bit of sculpting to give each creation giving them a personality, all are individual and one off.
Fibre Sculptures I started with producing the animals I loved and then with each show I listened to what people said they wanted to see and that would give me a new challenge. I was asked to provide a workshop to needle felt people and I have now branched out into producing famous people busts. I take commissions for peoples pets or friends but I limit the number I take on so that I can still work on my own projects.
why not come and see us at one of the shows, full details on the 'events&contacts' page or have a look in the shop to see what we have available at the moment. We always have different items at the shows as I make new creations for each event.