Pearl Taylor – feltmaker

 

     

After careers in teaching and gardening I followed a portfolio course at Herefordshire College of Art where I re-discovered the textile world and in the final five weeks – wool; I have been a feltmaker for 3 years now and am a member of the International Feltmakers Association.

Stitching and people who have stitched fascinate me. My current inspiration is the thousands of moments and memories captured in Welsh wholecloth quilts in precise, neat marks. My recent wet felted shawls have stitch moments attached as an acknowledgement of those who have gone before and those who will wear and use them now and later. As a full time carer the concept of memory and locking in moments of constructive existence are emotive, vital for survival and inform my work.

My total passion at present is to use traditional upholstery techniques with appropriate fleeces to re-love simple furniture. This is very time consuming – a small chair is stuffed with nearly a whole fleece which has been washed and carded by hand before having a unique wholecloth made to cover it.

My matriarchal home was in Cwmdu and although I now live on the Herefordshire/Welsh borderlands, my heart is always in the Celtic Marches.

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Pearl will be exhibiting as part of a joint show at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, SY7 0DH
There is a cafe and a great range of books to explore, as well as country walks and the River Clun nearby; she also has work at Bank House in Bishops Castle, SY9 5BQ