I’m Valerie Evans and my Inspiration comes from memories of living in Malaysia, Africa the Middle East and now Sussex. I try to always have a notebook with me and to take photographs whilst out and about gathering ideas for my paintings.
Having formalised my teaching with a degree from Brighton University I’ve taught for City College, Brighton and Hove and Aspire Sussex as well as hosting private classes in my studio,
When teaching I believe that the students ‘enjoyment and achievements are central to a successful learning experience. I run felt making workshops including numo felting, painting, sculpturing and making accessories
I love to create paintings using a variety of felting techniques. I make the canvas laying down wisps of wool fibre, using the same technique create a background wash like a painter. More wool is added to create the painting, I use the ancient process of wet felting for this gently felting the wool using agitation gently rubbing the fibres to help them felt together and then progress onto rolling the fabric I’ve made. Sometimes I include other materials including silk, bamboo, banana and other lovely fibres to create further interest.
Finally, I begin to rework the picture adding more detail, highlights and shadows using fine needle felting. This is a wonderful process that produces an exciting piece of textile artwork.