Vicky Hawley

I Live in Devon, U.K. and have the following qualifications:

GCSE Art & Design – Clyst Vale, Exeter -1996
A-Level Art & Design – Exeter College – 1998
Degree – Art / Craft modules as part of an education degree – 2006-2009
OCN – Level 3 – From Fleece to Felt (wet felting) – 2008

I dry needle felt animals & their natural world. I also make felt illustrations alongside animal & nature inspired story poems that I have written.

I dry needle felt pictures & then I have them as prints into giclee prints on 310gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag. I just love the beauty of wool, with all its warmth, texture, light & the soft, nurturing feel that it seems to give. I use ethically sourced wool, and the majority of wool is organic and naturally dyed from plants and flowers, giving beautiful harmonious colours directly from nature. I also used a small amount of non-mulesed merino wool.

I’m inspired by the vibrant colours and wildlife found in beautiful Devon where I live.

My ambitions are:

I aiming to do greeting cards in the future & to approach local shops.
I’m currently in the middle of sourcing & sampling wool from a local sheep farmer & I aim to naturally dye the wool myself with plants & flowers.
I’m aiming to offer dry needle felting workshops in the near future.
I’m aiming to be as sustainable as possible in the materials that I use as an artist, for example, I opted for Hahnemuhle paper for my giclee prints due to the fact that their paper mill relies entirely on renewable energy sources and the paper is sustainably sourced.

You can see my work at:

www.vickyhawleyart.com

www.facebook.com/vickyhawleyart

www.instagram.com/vicky.hawley.art