Open to the public Nov 16th to 17th 2024 Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall CV37 6EF
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Shelia Davies

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Felted and Papier-mâché animals

Bio

 

During my teaching career I worked with Special Needs children. I used every type of junk in our Projects. I would have the ideas, and they would do something completely different!

 

At home I was making mosaics of every shape and size for home and garden. People left their broken crockery on my doorstep.

 

During lockdown I started felting using wool from rare breed sheep. I made wild, domestic and farm animals, trying to make them as realistic as possible. Every creature begins with a wire armature, then different size needles to give the wool its shape. The best part is giving it life with eyes, ears and nose.

 

Now I am making papier-mâché hounds, starting with the same armature technique and using kitchen roll for the shape. I experimented a lot before deciding on this. The top layer is old paper from an encyclopaedia I used when I was a student in College.

I chose to make hounds because my whippet Lucca and my old Lurcher Tally are endlessly funny and interesting. The shapes they make are definitely Yoga for dogs.

 This is a new venture for me and I haven’t taken part in any other exhibitions this year.