Folkloric Felt

It’s been a cold day here on Dartmoor which makes me thankful for the warmth of wool.  Although not a felt maker myself I do enjoy making the odd thing with it now and again. One of my favourite felting moments included the fun activity of felting some slippers straight onto the feet of a small child (fun- if the little one does’t mind ((a)) getting soapy feet and ((b)) are very good at sitting still.

Anyway this brings me to the much more sophisticated felting work of Gladys Paulus which I discovered recently. Paulus is a Dutch-Indonesian sculptural felt maker, currently living in Somerset. Originally a painter she became fascinated by the countless possibilities of transforming felt.

I particularly like Paulus’ masks photographed by Bella West. The haunting images seem to point towards folklore, animal symbolism and childhood memories.

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