Cairns was fabulous, I came across some amazing projects but more on that later. In the meantime here's some inspiration from Phillipa England, the fabulous crafter behind felt at home.
I am a mixed media artist, with a background in Jewellery and Silversmithing. I love to experiment with different materials including wool and felt, as well as, more recently, assemblage art using vintage components, such as cotton reels, old buttons, ribbons, old advertising.
I am inspired by poetry, France, the countryside, daily interactions with people, other artists - both contemporary and historical...
What inspired you to start creating?
I have been 'making stuff' pretty much for as long as I can remember! I started crocheting a carpet when I was about 8 (got as far as the first row!). I got into felt making when my sister bought me a felt-making book and some wool roving. I experimented and it grew from there.
If you could spend more time on one thing what would it be?
Just now I would have to say that I wish I had more time to develop the 'Isabelle' series. I am working on some story books to accompany the sculptures I make. She has a real little personality going on there, with her friends Gilbert the goldfish and Mabel the hen!
What's next for you creatively?
Developing the book I think. I have just bought some lighting equipment to work on taking better photos, so I think that's where I am next. I try not to be so rigid in my work and to go where I feel I'm being pulled at the time. I think that's just an excuse for being totally scatty and disorganised actually!!
Check out more of Phillipa's work here:
Phillipa England Blog
Phillipa England Etsy Shop
Thanks for your time Phillipa, can't wait to hear more about the development of your book!