Focus on Felt

Andrea Hunter

Inspiration

As an artist, being able to convey the natural landscapes around me using a wool medium, gives immense pleasure, as I have the opportunity of promoting this fantastic natural material and its versatile properties, whilst also celebrating its aptness as a medium for capturing well loved surroundings.
When creating a picture I work from sketches but also rely on memory to recall the weather, sounds and smells around me to conjure up the mood and atmosphere of a scene. I particularly like to capture a sense of movement in my work to evoke walking on the windswept fells.
The landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and a profound empathy with my surroundings are central to my work.
My journey is ongoing, winding through new ways of seeing and old ways of understanding; but will always engage with the wild and beautiful places of home.

About Andrea

After graduating from Leeds University in 1987, Andrea returned home to work as a professional artist in the small village of Hardraw in Wensleydale.
She worked predominantly in Charcoal and Pastel for several years, before her interest in textiles uncovered a real love for felt making.
Her unparalleled skill in creating depth, subtlety, texture and movement within ultra fine layers of merino wool is inspirational.
By successfully applying the principles of drawing and painting to wool, Andrea has been instrumental in demonstrating how felt can be an exciting art medium and has thus helped to push the boundaries of an ancient craft.
Today Andrea is widely recognised as something of a trailblazer.
Readers of her book Creating Felt Pictures, which combines practical guidance with an insight into the sources of her inspiration, regularly describe it as their bible.

Painting with wool by Andrea Hunter

Catch a glimpse of how inspirational Felt Artist Andrea Hunter skilfully applies the principles of drawing and painting to fine layers of wool, to create subtle tones and colours in a landscape of extraordinary light and depth.
Andrea’s distinctive works and techniques are shared in her publications, workshops and gallery in the Yorkshire Dales.

Archive Gallery...

The pictures in this gallery represent a small sample of my work over the last ten years.
These pictures are no longer for sale...

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Commissions

I am happy to discuss any ideas you may have regarding the commisioning of a felt picture.
I can create pictures of all shapes and sizes, framed or unframed panels.
A few examples with sizes are shown below.
Prices Range Typically from £500 – £4500.

Cards, Prints & Books

Hand made felt cards

Hand made felt image (approx 9cm square) mounted on a cream recycled textured card (15cm square).
These cards are miniature originals and make a fabulous inexpensive quality gift especially if purchased with a cream mount (20cm square, these fit a standard 8 inch frame)
Price £12.00 or with mount £17.00. Prices inclusive of P&P
Below are a few examples of the designs available...

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Printed Cards

These cards are high quality images taken from my original felt pictures, printed on A5 (21x15cm) heavy 300g card and the envelope are best quality 150 micron paper.
Set of 4 Black & White cards or Set of 4 Coloured cards £12.00 each including postage within UK.

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Prints

Limited edition prints...
High quality Giclee prints, using light fast inks on quality paper,
this form of printing is fully recognised by the Fine Art Guild, as a permanent art form.

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Books by Andrea Hunter

Creating Felt Pictures & A Heartfelt Landscape (Updated 2015)

Creating Felt Pictures

Demonstrates the exciting scope of pictorial feltmaking and explains how to create felt pictures.
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A Heartfelt Landscape
(Updated 2015)

A collection of images celebrating the Yorkshire Dales.
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Workshops

Creating felt pictures

Fully booked for 2020

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If you are a textile enthusiast looking for guidance in transferring drawing and painting skills into feltmaking, or an artist wishing to explore felt as a drawing medium, Andrea will give expert instruction.

You will learn techniques to help you achieve the skills needed to competently create felt pictures with depth and texture. We will be using Merino wool tops and you will be encouraged to use the wool in a very free painterly manner.

Ultimately students should complete the day feeling confident with creating images in very fine felt and feel enthusiastic about developing their own style of “painting with wool”.

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