Emma Bevan: Combining Traditional Techniques With Contemporary DesignsFrancescaPalange
My name is Emma, I live in the Brecon Beacons. I am a mum, artist, tutor and events organiser.
The wool I use is sourced locally, from smallholders and suppliers in Britain, and mainly hand-dyed. Using local wool creates another link between myself and the landscape, and felt-making allows me to explore my relationship with nature and the environment, to create art whilst being hands-on and immerse myself in its tactile and soothing processes. I combine traditional techniques with contemporary designs; all my creations are hand-crafted in my studio. I create a variety of designs and receive many commissions for bespoke pieces. Due to the handmade nature of my work, each piece is unique.
The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are where I draw much of my inspiration; I am also inspired and intrigued by folklore, my ancestors, and stories of our culture.
As a qualified Tutor and artist, I love to teach as well as create, and curate several exhibitions and arts and crafts events.
I began my journey in art as a print-maker and photographer – I discovered felt making during treatments for cancer; it reconnected me to my creative roots and provided me with some practical ‘therapy’ too.
I am a member of the following: Heritage Crafts Association; International Feltmakers Association; Campaign for Wool; The Big Skill; and the Brecon Women’s Festival.
Emma tells us her story and also shares a wonderful 2d landscape felt tutorial in the Autumn Issue 2018.
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