Natasha Smart

Business name: Natasha Smart Textiles
Felt has been my 'thing' ever since I made felt clothes for peg dolls with my nan as a child. It took me until my 30s on a textile foundation course to learn how to make felt itself, wet-felted from wool fleece, after which I was completely hooked! I've been felting and creating textile art, jewellery and accessories now for over 10 years. I love working with felt, wet-felting fleece by hand and incorporating other fibres and yarns to create totally unique designs, often inspired by the sea and patterns found in shells and fossils. As well as creating work to sell, I develop one-off designs for magazine project articles and regularly demonstrate and teach feltmaking workshops. I moved to Exmouth in East Devon in 2015 and am enjoying even greater inspiration from coastal living.