26 October – 10 November
Collection of work using a range of fleeces and wool by Liverpool-based feltmaker Nicola Stewart.
Nicola, 33, has been a practicing feltmaker for over three years. In 2010, while working as a theatre set builder, and after having completed an MOCN course in upholstery, she branched out into feltmaking. Finding this traditional skill extremely versatile and practical, she decided to explore its possibilities and now produces felt items and offers feltmaking workshops full-time.
Nicola appears on the craft scene in and around the North West and can often be found selling a range of affordable felt products – all handmade without the use of felting machines – under the guise of Feltipedia. She was also an exhibitor at this year’s Yarndale wool show in her home county of Yorkshire. She takes great pride in providing an affordable alternative to the mainstream, and working in an ethical manner: sourcing her fleece locally, using eco-friendly and natural soaps, reusing offcuts and acquiring supplies from friends, family and charity shops.
Nicola explains “The exhibition provides an opportunity for people to understand just how versatile wool is. Feltmaking in particular, is either very misunderstood or related solely to wall art. Of course, felted images will feature in my collection of work but there will also be items which incorporate felt for everyday use. Most fleece is simply thrown away, we need to learn to be less wasteful and put it to practical use”.
The exhibition continues with artwork from other members of the co-operative in response to the “Practically Natural” theme.
Helen Leigh Dolan, committee member of Arts Hub 47, explained:
“This series of exhibitions provide a space and community for local artists, designers and crafts specialists to come together and showcase their phenomenal work. As a not-for-profit organisation, not only do we provide a platform for arts to be enjoyed publically for the first time, but we also offer workshops and events that allow people to learn practical new skills from computer literacy to knitting and felting.”
The Arts Hub 47 is staffed by volunteers and funded by sales of the work exhibited. The cooperative provides gallery and retail space enabling the hand-crafted works of local artists to be displayed, promoted and sold, and an environment for learning, sharing and networking.
For more information on the Arts Hub 47, and to find out more about regular exhibitions, please visit www.artshub47.co.uk
or call 0151 727 0323.