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Jenny Chippendale

Jenny Chippendale

A National Diploma of Design in Fashion has led to a long interest in all aspects of fibre and thread. For many years I taught embroidery and textile craft in London and The Midlands. Since coming to live in the rural landscape around Dorstone in the Welsh Marches, it seems a natural progression that I became interested in the possibilities of woollen fleece and its changing character when made into felt.

My work combines a love of the natural world and an interest in the decorative and colourful quality of ethnic embroidery. Felt-making cannot be too controlled and it pleases me that each piece takes on a surprising nature of its own during the making process. My beads are made from newspaper and are then hardened and painted with acrylics. The finished product - necklace or earrings - are light and easy to wear.