2020 is already looking like another busy and exciting year of needle felting workshops, as well as the launch of more varied mixed media work. In addition to sculpting with glorious British wool, I'm looking forward to sharing paintings, drawings, cards and prints using charcoal, inks, water colours and tissue paper. I will be continuing a theme of recycled materials, natural forms and the exploration of the balance between control and the element of chance, using a multitude of materials with many pieces for sale.
For my third Open Studios I'm thrilled to be exhibiting alongside Textile and Print Artist, Wendi Weller and Metal Sculpture, Pete Murphy in the beautiful garden setting of Maple Barn Studio, Pebworth.
Denise Liebermann, also known as Crafty Gal, is a Warwickshire based fibre artist specialising in all things needle felted, Denise also runs workshops to share the joy of this magical craft. This year sees the launch of a collection of mixed media work, also a passion for many years and available to buy for the first time at Warwickshire Open Studios 2020.
Having concentrated on photography and life drawing for many years, the sculptural aspect of the human form has always fascinated me – identifying a way to channel that passion into something tangible was the challenge, until I found WOOL! And more specifically NEEDLE FELTING!
As a medium glorious British Wool has got to be one of the most wondrous to work with! The feel of such a natural texture is heavenly, and there’s a sense of magic when stabbing wool fibre in it’s many forms, that’s pretty hard to beat.
The rules of needle felting are very simple – there are no rules! Once armed with the basic techniques there are no right and wrongs, it’s all about you and hours of boundless creativity with a barbed needle, wool and a base on which to work.
Helping others discover this for them selves is why teaching needle felting has become the most joyous job I could imagine!
The people attracted to my workshops generally seem to be bursting with enthusiasm to express them selves creatively, but lack the confidence to really believe they can do it. By the time they leave they are usually exhausted, but raring to carry on, excited about the limitless possibilities of their new craft!
This year I will also be exhibiting new work in which wool will be just one of many mediums I adopt to create paintings, drawings and collages - all with the same ethos as my work with wool, but demonstrating a personal development over the last few years.