Fibre artist/felt maker
Amy Davidson was born and raised in East Lothian where much of her influences come from . The natural wildlife found in east Lothian is of birds and local beach landscapes.
She graduated in 2015 with a degree in ‘Design for textiles’ from Heriot Watt university . The course involved drawing to influence knit, weave and print designs. Amy then specialised in knit design and was really interested in creating different textures. She came across felting near the end of her degree and loved experimenting with felt and knit together. After taking many classes to progress in this medium she then found needle felting. Amy likes how sensory felting is and how versatile the material wool roving is. Wool roving is a long and narrow bundle of fiber that is used in most felt techniques and is a main component of it . Needle felting can be described as ‘painting with wool’and this has allowed Amy to combine her love of painting and felting.
Amy has been teaching felt workshops for a number of years. She has taught workshops for children at Jupiter Artland and she loves how versatile felt is.Wet felting is great for children as its so tactile, fun and messy!. But Amy has also found that needle felting in particular is a great way to help with anxiety and stress. When felting you need to completely concentrate on it and it allows you some quiet time to relax. She has also taught workshops for work days out/team building days and hopes to continue teaching to many different organisations.
Amy has also recently grown her business as alongside her workshops she has started selling her felt creations online and at markets. Her business is named Fluff as she uses wool roving which is a very ‘fluffy’ , soft material and she now teaches felting workshops to different organisations.
Felting programme Tribe Porty January – June 2018 – a Saturday each month
Monthly series of workshops where participants can learn the art of felting, there will be a workshop suited to everyone in family! We will teach you different techniques used to felt such as needle felting, wet felting and nuno felting.
27th January – Adults workshop- Beginners ‘ Painting with wool ‘ -needle felting
Part of a monthly series on the art of felting , we will first introduce participants to needle felting . In this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to create a landscape with wool roving which is said to be like painting with wool. Also learn how to use the special felting needle, blend colours and create a textural piece to frame in an embroidery hoop . A perfect piece of art to hang in your living room.
24th February workshop- Children’s workshop ages younger children 5-9 years Wet felted landscape
In this 2 hour workshop children will learn how to wetfelt and create a textured wall hanging. Using yarn and wool roving they will create a tactile piece of art . We will use differnt yarns and fibres then trap it in the felt to create interesting shapes . It’s a chance to go crazy on materials and create a fun , fuzzy wall hanging.
31st March- Adult workshop Beginners- intermediates Felted pots
In this 2 hour workshop participants will learn how to create a sculptural 3D pot using only wool. Learn how to blend colours together to create exciting colour combinations and textures . Participants will learn the technique of wet felting and sculpt the wool roving to make a stand alone pot .
28th April – Children’s workshop ages 8 upwards – older children – Needle felted pug (Dog)
In this fun workshop participants will learn the skills needed to make a 3d felted pug! Suitable for older children as thimbles will be provided when working with the specialist needle felting needle. This workshop will teach participants how to sculpt the 3D shape of a dog and add in the details with the needle to create a Pug.
26th May- Adults workshop-older adults Nuno felting brooch
In this workshop we will explore wet felting by using the technique of Nuno felting which incorporates silk and fine wool together to make a unique flower brooch.T he technique bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. Participants will create a brooch . It will incorporate the skills of Blending silks and wools together, finding out what fabrics felt well and lastly learning about wool shrinkage and how to gauge it shaping on a form(a flower)
23rd June- Adult workshop Needle felted cactus
Perfect for summer , you will learn the techniques needed to make a 3D felted cactus and we will show you how to needlefelt all the details using the felting needle. Make a realistic looking cactus that doesn’t need watering!