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Karen Wyeth

Contemporary Felt Artist

I have drawn and painted from an early age and have always loved sewing and making things.  In the 1980s I studied Fine Art in Canterbury, majoring in oil painting.  I graduated in 1985 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Literature.  It was, however, challenging to make ends meet as an artist, so I found myself moving into the business world where I worked for the next 20 years.  A few years ago ill health forced me to take time out from work to recover my health and during this time I found myself returning to my creative roots and first love of art.  I stumbled across the medium of felting merino wool which set my creativity alight once more!

I now love what I do, creating felted paintings, using merino wool in a similar way to that as a painter I had previously used brushstrokes.  To make a felt painting I use a combination of wet felting, needle felting, free machine embroidery and hand stitching.  I use a combination of fibres including pure merino wool and silk, and add Angelina fibres, bamboo tops and mulberry silk noil to give added shine, sparkle and texture.

The inspiration for my work is colour and light and I often work from my extensive collection of photographs that I have taken. Brilliant turquoise seas, sunny yellow rapeseed fields and brightly coloured cupcakes are all subjects that inspire me.

I am a member of the International Feltmakers Association

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