Heather Potten.

Heather Potten






Over the past few years, I have become more and more interested in repurposing, conserving and mending what we already have. I rarely throw anything that could be useful, away. In my studio, bags of felt made over the years await the next project. I have a drawerful of old embroidery threads from my grandmother and mother-in-law, keen to be seen.

On my sitting room wall, amongst others, is a wall hanging that I made but, until now, had never been entirely happy with. It always felt unfinished.

The idea of reconnecting with this original wall piece, and with previous feltworks, using threads and the skills I first learned at school, was invigorating. The old felt was cut up into a multitude of circles, giving me a wonderful array of colours and textures to applique with the silk threads onto my original piece. The resulting work, which took several weeks to complete, now pleases me every day.



Materials and Techniques:
Merino, silk, neps, knitting wool, silk and cotton embroidery threads.
Pre-felts on merino embellished with hand-stitched applique.
Artwork size: Width: 35cm Length 140cm


Elana Sigal

Title: Sign Of The Times
This piece is reminiscent of a kaleidoscope in the patterns in the felted fringed border. The constantly  changing nature of the patterns in a kaleidoscope reflect changes in our daily life. The centre section is separated and is composed of cells. These cells are ever-changing as are those which are present in the Covid-19 virus. Each cell or bubble can be a reference to our need for social distancing and maintaining our household bubbles to prevent the spread of Covid. A Kaleidoscope can be used as an escape from our regular daily view of things in our immediate world. An escape that seems much needed at this time. The piece is shaped like a shield to reflect how we need to shield ourselves against and from the present pandemic.  


Materials and Techniques
Wet and needle felted wool


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