imageI am a felt maker and textiles tutor based in Birmingham. I create felted textiles using the design label Silversoles. I also teach children and adults a range of textile techniques including; feltmaking, screenprinting, batik, Devore, paper making and embroidery both freelance and at the Midlands Arts Centre.

I work from my home studio in Kings Heath, with my partner, three children and Dave the cat.

Artist Statement

I am a British textile designer maker who creates sumptuously tactile textiles to wear and for interiors. Each piece is unique having been individually hand crafted using traditional and contemporary felting techniques. My inspiration comes from organic shapes, textures and patterns, looking to nature for my inspiration, in particular plant forms, corals, bacteria and fungi. The wool itself is an inspiration; I use its  memory to retain shapes in my work, exploring the fibres’ potential to form sculptural, textured and raised surfaces. I achieve this by manipulating the wool using stitch, nuno and shibori to form permenant shapes and patterns which echo my sources of inspiration.

I make the felt fabric from scratch, being involved at each stage of the process from raw materials to the finished product. I work with a range of materials and techniques to create my felted textiles, experimenting with different wools, felting techniques and adapting other textile processes to felt making. This method of working helps me to make new discoveries and contributes to the ongoing evolution of my work.

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  1. Linda Allan

    HI Emma, I am really interested in your textile work and I am looking to do a day course. I teach in a special needs school near Derby and I am loking for new ideas and techniques to inspire the students. Do you offer any day courses ?
    Thank you

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Linda – thanks for your enquiry, yes I do offer day courses. These are either as part of the mac, birmingham workshops (see http://www.mac.co.uk) or freelance. I do offer freelance workshops, tailored to either the indiviuals’ or groups requirements, for leisure or as part of a CPD. These can be on-site (at schools, guilds halls etc.) or in my home studio (max. no 4). Can I suggest you have a look at my website (www.silversoles.co.uk, where you can see the studio and some of the upcoming courses at mac, birmingham. If you would like a tailored day, email me (info@silversoles.co.uk), with your requirements and I can begin to discuss the details/costings. I look forward to hearing from you. Emma

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