My roots in textiles go way back, my interest was captured when I was still at primary school and it has never left me. Having trained in Textile Art and Dress & Textile Design with Education at Ilkley College, West Yorkshire. I have since spent several years both teaching and developing my textile skills.
Having lived on the edge of the beautiful Ilkley Moor, I wanted to find ways to represent and capture the essence of the countryside. Lichen on gnarled worn gateposts, vegetation growing on dry stone walling, the varying tones and textures of the heath-land. However it was many years before I eventually found the key to what I’d been searching for back on Ilkley Moor. I discovered felt-making and have never looked back.
With inspiration from my natural surroundings and experiences I found I could draw on the hues, shapes and textures of land, sea and air with the influences of the elements aiming to capture the essence of a place or scene. Whenever I’m out and about I’ll sketch and take endless photographs, drinking in the tones, looking for the beauty and the beast, I love tumble down buildings, unruly wildness, broken gateways against the fertile greens and browns of the rolling Tuscan landscape or the dark earthy secrecy of a wooded area, the moss and lichen covered walls of the Dales or Lakes.
Using wool fibres in a ‘painterly’ way, I create blocks of vibrant colour, blending and shading as I go before wet felting. This felt becomes my canvas. And once dry I’ll build up the layers with textured embellishment using the sewing machine as a drawing tool to bring the picture alive and finishing with hand stitches.
I like to think of my felted landscapes as a traditional craft with a contemporary twist. My work generally consists of densely textured layers exploring colour and texture through a fusion of natural fibres, hand dyed fabrics, and embellished hand-made felt, creating rich landscapes, sunsets or seascapes. My felt pieces are to ‘lose’ yourself in and can constantly offer something new for the spectator to notice and often evokes happy memories of a special place for the owner.
I also work in an illustrative way with dye, appliqué and stitch, in an ink and wash style or felt and stitch in a sketch style, exploring the linear qualities of architecture and objects, producing contemporary scenes and images.
Aside from my pieces as artworks I create and deliver tailor made textile based art projects for schools and corporate team building projects. These are collaborative projects with an end result to be proud of.
Myra Hutton Textile Artist www.myrahutton.co.uk
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