Sue Mulcock

My inspiration is the natural world, woodlands, waterfalls, mountains- landscapes- and the rocks that underlie and define them. I use a variety of hand-dyed wools fibres and fabrics to “paint” with wool, using each tuft of wool like a brushstroke, then wet-felt, machine and hand embroider the resulting fabric to bring out the movement and detail in the subject. The felting process often brings out unexpected characteristics or qualities of the type of fleece, yarn or fibre used, so I incorporate these into the design to develop deeply textured felt “paintings”. As wool is such a versatile material, I also use a variety of natural wools to make free-standing sculptural vessels incorporating natural and sometimes man-made objects. Each different breed of sheep produces wool with different characteristics and these I try to match with the inclusions used.