Art SOAK 2014 Guest Blog: Sarah Leigh: Felting a Mother’s Day Masterpiece

Kicking off a series of guest blogs from artists running workshops and presenting work at this year’s Art SOAK Festival, artist Sarah Leigh tells us a little bit about herself and her practice.

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Following a career in Graphic Design, driven by a thirst to find a more tactile, creative outlet, I discovered the medium of Felting and was instantly hooked by the alchemy of transforming raw wool fibres into a fabric form. The possibilities were endless and that whet my appetite to discover more and, ultimately, to develop my techniques. That was over 6 years ago and since then I have had the pleasure of sharing my love of Felting through my Felted Accessories course at the Midland Arts Centre, private one-to-one workshops and with school groups, from 3 to 7 years old. Whatever the age, it’s always rewarding to be part of someone’s journey as they discover a new skill and take pleasure, and pride, in what they’ve achieved.
 
In my private practice, I work under the name ‘Felti’. Over the last 2 years my work has focused predominantly on lighting, exploiting the unique properties of a wide range of fibres and how they filter light. I have always been fascinated by forms and textures in the natural world, from the spiralling curves of a shell to the microscopic imagery of plants. This provides a rich source of creative inspiration to draw upon and translate into sculptural felted pieces, whether an organic vessel, fluted cobweb fairy lights, or a cascading light shade.
 
I currently work out of a studio at our home in Bournville, where our 2 young children are often found playing with colourful wools and merrily popping bubble wrap.
 
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Sarah’s workshop, ‘Felting A Mother’s Day Masterpiece’ will take place on Sunday 16th March at The Hub Hazelwell 2-4.30pm. Tickets are £3 for children and £5 for adults and can be purchsed from Oxboffice.
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