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Alison Harris

Prior to learning to Felt, I made Jewellery in glass and semi precious stones, but wanted to explore new techniques and push the boundaries of my designs. I discovered that felt provided me with the perfect medium, as it enabled me to create work that was both individual and practical. Felt also provides me with a wonderful array of colours from which to apply a painterly approach to my designs. I now work as a felt maker of jewellery; bags, corsages, shawls and wraps and offer a bespoke service to all my customers.

The inspiration for my work comes from both the natural world around me and the vintage designs of the 1930's - 1960's. Where possible I like to incorporate vintage beads, buttons, and fabric in my work. I also use a variety of semi-precious stones and silver, in my jewellery.
I apply a variety of felting techniques ranging from nuno and shibori, to 3d seamless (resist), needle-felting and knitted felt. The beads for the necklaces are made from solid Merino wool, which is then needle-felted by hand using hand-dyed Portland fleece. Where possible I use rare breed British wool in my work, which I blend with other luxury fibres such as silk, bamboo, and cashmere.

I have exhibited in various National Exhibitions, galleries and at Charleston Farmhouse. I have contributed to various articles on jewellery design and had examples of my work published in a book. I am a member of the International Felt makers Association.

 
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