Karen Wyeth

Artistic Profile

I am a Contemporary Felt Artist living and working in the small village of Kilsby in the Midlands. 

 

I create vibrantly colourful textile pictures, hand crafted using traditional felting techniques, combined with free machine embroidery and hand stitching.  

 

Born in Kent, I grew up drawing and painting, sewing and making things.  In the early 1980s I attended Christ Church University College in Canterbury where I studied Fine Art and Literature. Here I gained experience in ceramics, silk screening, painting and photography, specialising in my last 2 years in oil painting.  I graduated in 1985 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art & English Literature. 

 

After I left University I soon found it was not easy to make ends meet as an artist, so for practical reasons I moved to London and took a job in the charity sector. I found myself working in similar roles for the next 20 years.  Life took over and art fell by the wayside.

 

In the early 2000s, ill health intervened and I was forced to leave my job.  During these years, I found myself returning to my creative roots and my first love of art.

 

I discovered the medium of felted merino wool which set my creativity alight.  I was astounded to discover that felted merino could be used in a similar way to that as a painter I had previously used brushstrokes.  I found that creating textile pictures combined my love of painting and drawing with sewing and making things that I had had growing up.  The wide spectrum of colours of merino wool and how it can be used to create rich vibrant artworks with luminous colour and light also appealed to my lifelong passion for colour. 

 

In my pictures I use a combination of wet felting, needle felting, free machine embroidery and hand embroidery to create impressionist style paintings.  The main fibre I use is merino wool, but I also include Angelina fibres, mulberry silk noil, mulberry silk, wool nepps and bamboo tops to give added shine, sparkle and texture.

 

I work both from life and from my extensive collection of photographs that I have taken.  My work is inspired by classic English gardens, the countryside and the coastline.  I love colour and light -   brilliant turquoise seas, sunny yellow rapeseed fields and brightly coloured flowers are all subjects that inspire me.

 

I understand how difficult life can be for many people.  The ethos in my art, therefore, is to offer people something “to make their lives bigger, better and brighter, something to take their minds off their troubles in life" (Alfred East 1911).

 

 

Teaching

I regularly teach both Beginners and Advanced Felt Picture Making Workshops in my local community. These are a fun and relaxed time where I teach students how to make a felt picture.  

 

 

PR

My work has been featured in:

  • Coast Magazine(circ 38,000) – August 2017

  • Radio Times(circ 684,000)– Prize winning ‘Letter of the Week’, December 2016

  • WI Life(circ 220,000) triple page colour spread due in late summer 2018

Workshops & Classes

One Day Workshop – 'Beginners - Felt Picture Making Workshop' with Karen Wyeth

£95

Felt Picture Making Workshop.  

 

You'll learn how to create a beautiful picture of your own using merino wool!  

 

The first stage will be learning how to work with merino wool and explore mixing colours (carding), before building up a picture (photographs provided for inspiration).  Then we'll take a step by step through the wet felting process, where your fluffy picture will be transformed into a stable piece of fabric.

 

Workshop Schedule

  • A brief introduction to how the felting process works.

  • Introducing working with merino wool, including carding (mixing colours) and techniques for achieving different effects with wool.

  • Plenty of time to create your picture.

  • The wet felting process using hot water, olive oil soap and bubble wrap.

Expectations and Goals

 

You'll learn how to feel comfortable working with merino wool and the wet felting process, leave with your own felt picture which can be further enhanced at home with stitching if desired.

Materials List

Karen will provide:

Bamboo mats, netting, rolling pins, water bottles and jugs, multi coloured merino wool, photographs for inspiration, plastic tablecloths, carding brushes, scissors.

Student Materials List 

Old medium/large towel

Plastic bag to take their damp towel home in

One Day Workshop – 'Advanced - Felt Picture Making Workshop' with Karen Wyeth

£95

Advanced Felt Picture Making Workshop.  

 

This workshop is for those who have already completed the Beginners Felt Picture Making Workshop with me.  

 

The advanced workshop allows you to build on the first one by introducing new fibres to use in making your pictures, to add additional texture, colour and sparkle.  

 

Working from a photograph of your own choice, you will build up the image with merino wool as before, but this time will be able to add further embellishments such as silks, bamboo tops, angelina fibres and even gold leaf! 

 

You are welcome to bring any fibres you have at home and I can advise on the best way of adding them to your pictures.

I will also give a demonstration of how to use free machine embroidery, needle felting and hand embroidery on your pictures to enhance them even further. 

Workshop Schedule

  • Brief introduction to different types of fibres and how they can be incorporated into your pictures.

  • Brief revisiting on how to work with merino wool, including carding (mixing colours) and techniques for achieving different effects with wool.

  • Plenty of time to create your picture.

  • Wet felting process using hot water, olive oil soap and bubble wrap.

You will leave with your own felt picture incorporating additional fibres

 

Materials List

Karen will provide:

Bamboo mats, netting, rolling pins, water bottles and jugs, multi coloured merino wool, photographs for inspiration, plastic tablecloths, carding brushes, scissors, Angelina fibres, mulberry silk, mulberry silk noil, bamboo tops, gold leaf, Italian silk waste, wool nepps.

 

Student Materials List 

Old medium/large towel

Plastic bag to take their damp towel home in

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Contact

07702 060113

The Art Barn, Manor Barn, Adderbury. OX17 3EJ

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