Hello I’m Sophie.
I’m a self-taught needle felt artist and founder of All Things Felt & Beautiful.
Inspiration to create comes from a life long love of nature and the outdoors which has an enormous influence on my work. My enthusiasm for wildlife from an early age took me on a university and career path based in marine biology, after which I worked in marine conservation and education in various island locations around the world.
I’ve always been artistic and sought out hobbies that fulfil my need for artistic expression. But it wasn’t until later in life - around five years ago that I was introduced to needle felting.
NEEDLE FELTED WOOL
I use wool fibres, sometimes a wire frame and a felting needle to create the firm structure I need. Using the effects of layering coloured wool to create texture and depth. It’s surprisingly workable as a medium and you can make small delicate work as well as large and strikingly sculptured pieces with the finest detail.
It acts like no other medium I’ve used - being virtually indestructible - I often joke that if I was a ceramicist I would be broke because I’m so clumsy.
MY CURRENT WORK & TEACHING
I’m perhaps most well known for making realistic needle felt models of dogs by commission which formed the foundation my early work and which I still take on at certain times of year.
More recently I’m recreating my observations in nature. Drawn to the smooth shapes of shells from the strand line or glossy mushroom caps in the woods. Wool is such a versatile medium and the possibilities in needle felt are endless.
As well as making for my own enjoyment and by commission, I’ve taught hundreds of students in workshops at my studio in Hatton in Warwickshire and online. I really enjoy teaching others and help them to discover their own love of needle felt. And when students return again and again I’m proud to see them develop their own style. Some have even gone on to teach and build their own businesses with my help.
I currently live in the UK on the edge of Bristol, with the city in one direction and the expanse of the Cotswold countryside to the other. It’s out in the countryside where you’ll find me at my happiest, surrounded by nature, walking in ancient woodlands, or further afield at the windswept coast - but always with my favourite walking companions, my dog Willow and partner Ben.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you - join my email list and let’s keep in touch!