Hand felted wool
370mm W x 300mm H x 260mm D
Jenny gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Textile Arts while studying for teacher training. She worked as a primary school teacher in the United Kingdom before moving to New Zealand in 1998.
Jenny’s love of textiles began when her needlework teacher showed her the techniques of freestyle machine embroidery. However, it is only in the last few years that Jenny started to needle felt. Inspiration comes from whatever interests her at the time, maybe a bird or a fox and her love of British wildlife. There is a fascination about producing a three-dimensional object out of sheep wool and a barbed needle that keeps Jenny hooked on the medium.
“The process of making the needle felted heads starts with an idea, some sheep’s wool and a barbed needle. Many hours and a lot of patience later and I have an end product. I also have my daughters’ eye to tell me about the imperfections along the way. It’s calming and not too hard on the brain. I don’t watch a lot of television so I may as well use my time productively." Jenny