Thelma Russell

Thelma Russell


Facebook: @ThelmaRussellFeltmaker



I spent a lot of time last year reconnecting with the natural world through observation and reading.

One thing I discovered is that no plants or animals would exist on land without fungi! 

‘Mycelium’ is the anarchic filigree of fungal structures which endlessly connect, branch and reconnect to facilitate the flow of water, nutrients, electrical impulses and chemical signals in complex ecosystems – rather like feltmaking, mycelium is a process rather than a thing.

The threads in my piece represent this random, never-ending microscopic network, while the circles represent the fruiting bodies, i.e. mushrooms. Root-like yarns both trap and are trapped by the prefelts and threads.

Materials and Techniques
Base of merino wool with silk and linen, pattern in hand-dyed prefelt with yarn and sewing thread
Artwork size in CM: Width………65….……… Length………90


Kaleidoscope | Online Exhibition 2020
Welcome to the first online exhibition of the International Feltmakers Association.

This selected exhibition is made up of an eclectic mix of work by IFA members selected by a panel of judges who are experts in their respective felt specialisms.

The exhibition is a positive outcome of COVID 19 and many of the works have been created by the artists at home during the global lockdown.

The theme of Kaleidoscope was chosen as it can be interpreted in an endless number of ways, through colour, texture, shape and form, as our members have shown us with their unique styles and creative interpretations.

To view each artist, please click on the image below and you will be taken to the artist’s page. There are 58 artists to see so please scroll along at the bottom of this page to see them all.

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