My name is Emma, I live in the Brecon Beacons. I am a mum, artist, tutor, events organiser, and Creative Director of The Makers Mezzanine.
My family have a long history of arts and healing, and I am very happy to be continuing this tradition through my work as an artist and workshop facilitator.
The wool I use is sourced locally, or from smallholders and suppliers in Britain, and usually hand-dyed. Using local wool creates another link between myself and the landscape, and I enjoy knowing the story behind my fleece, and the farmers who provide it. I use traditional techniques such as wet felting, and more modern methods of needle felting, often combining the two. All my creations are lovingly hand-crafted in my studio. I create a variety of designs and receive many commissions for bespoke pieces. Due to the handmade nature of my work, each piece is unique.
The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are where I draw much of my inspiration; I am also inspired and intrigued by folklore, my ancestors, and stories of our culture. I love finding that little spark of magic that bursts into life and creates a new project! As a qualified Tutor and artist, I love to teach as well as create, and curate several exhibitions and arts and crafts events.
I began my journey in art as a print-maker and photographer with occasional forays into pencil drawing - I discovered felt making during treatments for cancer, and it not only reconnected me to my creative roots but provided me with some practical 'therapy' too. I fell in love with its versatility - such a simple, yet versatile substance, that transforms, through hard work and love, into so many different forms. As I had fun playing, friends began commissioning me for gifts, and others asked for workshops, and FfolkyFfelt was born.
I am a member of the following: Heritage Crafts Association; International Feltmakers Association; Campaign for Wool; The Big Skill; and the Brecon Women's Festival.
The Workshop Wagon Project: If you would like to support my campaign to maintain funding for the 'Workshop Wagon', with which I can travel to hard-to-reach communities or vulnerable groups, who traditionally find it difficult to engage with learning or have little access to creative activities, then you can visit my page by clicking on the following link - any share, donation or mention is very gratefully received! http://www.gofundme.com/ffolkyffelt
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