A bit of Judith's spirit and a spark of her soul are invested into each piece she creates. Visit her studio and it is plain to see that her love of life is reflected in her relationships, her home and each and every strand she places into her art.
Her passion for exploration and innovation has led her to create ethereal nuno felted pieces with textural and dramatic surface effects. She uses luxurious natural fibres, fabrics and her own shimmering hand-spun silk yarn and hand-paints each piece as if it were a watercolour, further enhancing the inherent beauty of nuno felt.
Judith has been dyeing for as long as she has been felting and has been exploring the fascinating process of eco-printing, which imprints plant materials such as leaves, flowers, fruits, seed pods and even vegetables, onto fabric. She now offers workshops in this technique, which can be combined with nuno felting.
Judith works from her studio on the idyllic island of Salt Spring, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and their little Havanese dog, Oreo, who is a "heartbeat" always at her feet! When you see the location of her studio you will understand how Mother Nature is her muse, and you will definitely want to make a journey to this place of serenity, to play and create a reflection of who you are or make that perfect gift for someone you love! She enjoys sharing her love for felting by teaching others her unique techniques and encouraging her students to explore and expand their own creativity. Judith is happy to arrange private small group sessions in her studio or is willing to travel to teach workshops.
She was an instructor at Felt::Feutre 2013 and her work was selected for the exhibit of contemporary Canadian feltmakers.
Judith's work is available for purchase in galleries and boutiques within Canada, internationally and at the Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island. A few pieces may be available though this website or contact Judith to commission a piece.
Nuno felt results from the merging of wool fibre with, in this case, silk fabric. During the felting process, wool fibres are agitated vigorously, causing them to migrate and entangle with the fabric weave, as well as “capture” any other fibre or fabric embellishments with which they come into contact. As the wool fibres entangle more tightly, they condense or "shrink," causing the non-shrinking fibres and fabrics to contort. A loose assemblage of fluffy wool fibres and rivers of silk fibre and fabric transform into a sumptuous and shimmering new fabric. This exquisite new fabric is durable, yet lightweight and sheer, and drapes beautifully.