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.
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.
Colour Study – Concentric Circles, 1913
Wet felted circles of pure merino wool, embroidered with hand spun yarns
Approx size: 36 inches x 25 inches Available on Saatchi Art
Bavarian Mountains with Village, 1909
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
Winter Landscape, 1909
Wet felted merino wool and silk fibres, hand dyed
Approx. size: 40 inches x 17 inches Available on Saatchi 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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