Oxmarket Gallery

Painting with Wool

Oxmarket Gallery
Chichester, UK
August 5, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Painting with Wool
Painting with Wool

An exhibition of hand felted art paintings created by textile artist Paivi Suomi, who works from her studio in Chichester.
Wool and felt wall hangings have traditionally served both as art and with functional purpose to provide insulation to the walls and keep the draught out.

Felt art is very soft and tactile and is meant to be touched.

Felted Circles
Circles Felt Art

The images and colours of my world around me are the inspiration to create my art with wool. I hand dye most of my wools, yarns and silk fibres and use locally sourced wools wherever possible. These become the paints that create my canvas. A combination of hand crafting textile techniques: wet felting, dry needle felting, crochet, hand stitching and machine embroidery complete the work.

From an early age, the world of textiles has been Paivi’s passion. She studied hand weaving, hand spinning, felt making and colour theory at Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia. Paivi operates a business selling her limited edition hand spun yarns. More recently Paivi has turned her attention to the art of felt making, creating pictures and functional objects with wool.

Some of my felt art pieces are now available at Saatchi Art.

Painting with Wool Exhibit
Felt Art Exhibit: Painting with Wool at Oxmarket Gallery

Circles Felt Art
Circles Felt Art
Colour Study – Concentric Circles, 1913
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted circles of pure merino wool, embroidered with hand spun yarns
Approx size: 36 inches x 25 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Concentric Circles - Kandinsky
Concentric Circles – Kandinsky

Bavarian Mountains with Village Felt Art
Mountains in Bavaria with Village Felt Art
Bavarian Mountains with Village, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
The inspiration for this piece comes from one of Kandinsky’s early works, a scene of a mountain village in Bavaria. The lake becomes a river and the season turned to springtime.
Merino wool and silk hand felting using a combination of wet felting and dry needle felting techniques. Embellished with crewel work embroidery and hand stitching.
Approx size: 26 inches x 37 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Bavarian Mountains with Village - Kandinsky
Bavarian Mountains with Village – Kandinsky
Winder Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky
Winter Landscape, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted merino wool and silk fibres, hand dyed
Approx. size: 40 inches x 17 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Winter Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky

Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night, 1889
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand dyed merino wool and silk felted using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx size: 24 inches x 49 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Starry Night - Van Gogh
Starry Night – Van Gogh

Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand Dyed merino wool and silk feled using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads
Approx size: 44 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Field with Poppies - Van Gogh
Field with Poppies – Van Gogh

Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers, 1888
Vincent Van Gogh
Wet felted and hand dyed merino wool and silk. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx. size: 33 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Sunflowers - Van Gogh
Sunflowers – Van Gogh

Felt Art

Felt Art – Painting with Wool

Painting with Wool
Painting With Wool
Felted Circles
Circles Felt Art
Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night Felt Art
Bavarian Mountains Felt Art - Kandinsky
Bavarian Mountains Felt Art – Kandinsky

Sunflower Felt Art - Van Gogh
Sunflower Felt Art – Van Gogh

Winter Landscape Felt Art - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape Felt Art – Kandinsky

Starry Night Felt Art - Van Gogh
Starry Night Felt Art – Van Gogh
Poppies Felt Art - Van Gogh
Poppies Felt Art – Van Gogh

Saatchi Art

Some of my felt art tapestries can be found on Saatchi Art.

Shop on Etsy

Look for some of my smaller size original felt art pieces in my Etsy Shop

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Felted Greeting Cards

One of a Kind Hand Felted Greeting Cards
These greeting cards are made of original wet felted art. This is not a print.

The hand felted card is embellished with machine stitching using silk threads.

The card is blank inside so you can write your own message and comes in a plastic sleeve with an envelope.

The card measures 8″ x 6″

Hand felted Greeting card
Seascape Felted Greeting Card
hand felted Greeting Card - Starry Night
Starry Night Felted Greeting Card

Shop on Etsy

Look for my original hand felted Greeting Cards in my Etsy Shop.

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Sami Felt Art

These hand felted art pictures are based on some of the ancient rock art of my ancestors, the Saami people. Some of these carvings date back almost 5000 years. The northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia were inhabited by the Sami people. The images depict scenes from their daily life: tents and villages, boats, fish, birds, bears, reindeer as well as totemistic and shamanistic rituals.

Sami Felt Art: Poro Reindeer
Sami Felt Art: Poro Reindeer

Poro Reindeer
To the Saami, reindeer herding was more than a profession but a way of life. Before the 17th Century the Sami relied on reindeer as their main food source as well as their clothing and shelter. The Sami needs were simple and they only took what they needed from nature. They completed their diet with hunting birds and fish and gathering berries. They were a nomadic people and moved their villages with the seasons and as the food sources for the reindeer diminished.
Poro Reindeer Felt Art on Etsy

Noaidi
Sami Noaidi Shaman Felt Art

Noaidi Shaman
The Noaidi or Sami Shaman were traditionally the healers and protectors of the Sami people. They had the role of mediator between the human and spiritual world. Using a drum, the Noaidi invoked assistance from benevolent spirits.
Noaidi Shaman Felt Art on Etsy

Sami Beaivi Sun Felt Art
Sami Beaivi Sun Felt Art

Beaivi Sun
In Sapmi, the Land of the Midnight Sun, where the Sun doesn’t reach the horizon in the winter months, the Sun is appreciated and plays a major role in Sami culture.
At winter solstice, a reindeer was sacrificed to ensure that the sun returned to the world and put an end to the long winter season. At the time of the year when the Sun was returning, butter (which melts in the sunshine) was smeared on the doorposts, so that she could gain strength and go higher and higher in the sky. At summer solstice, people made sun rings out of leaves and pinned them up in her honour.
Beaivi Sun Felt Art on Etsy

Sami Laavu Village Felt Art
Sami Laavu Village Felt Art

Laavu Villages
The Sami are a nomadic people and traditionally their home is the laavu, a portable tent that is the “house” for the family. The Sami lived in the laavu for most of the year. and moved their villages with the seasons as the food sources for feeding their reindeer diminished.
Laavu Village Felted Art on Etsy

Sami Felt Art

Etsy: Sami Felt Art – The Sun

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