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I started dyeing in 1972, yes nearly 30 years ago! I first tried natural dyes, graduating onto chemical dyes to get brighter, clearer, repeatable colours. I was a weaver and spinner back then, dyeing strips for rag rugs or wool for exciting knitwear. I sold these successfully for a number of years, until 1 discovered feltmaking.
I have now been feltmaking for about 17 years, trying out various techniques during this time. Having learnt to stitch into the pre-made felt back in 1992, I am now exploring the possibilities of using an overlocker on the felt edge, then re-felting the work to get a wonderful wavy edge to the stitches.
I usually find inspiration from the landscape around me. I have been working recently on a series of pieces based on the tidal part of the River Severn, which is near where I live. I was born near the source and now live near the estuary, so the river has always been part of my life. There is a nature reserve on the flood plain, which floods every year with wonderful reflections from sun and sky. The overgrown old gnarled willows, which line ihe lane and field edges are also very inspirational. I love to travel and am often inspired by the alien landscape, which can vary widely to that near my home.
I own and run Omega Dyes (since 1992) now a successful mail order business, supplying dyes and some fibres, with many internet customers at home & abroad. I recently wrote and published "Dyeing to Colour".
Member of South West Textiles Group
Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, UK.
Member of Studio B embroidery group, meeting 4 times a year at Urchfont Manor & exhibiting regularly as a group. The next exhibition is at Winchester Art Gallery & Museum in August 2002.
Member of the International Feltmakers Association.