For the ‘Wool Works’ exhibition, Claire Cawte has created wool felted shrugs, silk wraps and wool, linen and silk mix scarves. Describing her work, Claire says: ‘Wool has always been central to my practice as a textile artist, mainly focusing on beautiful raw, salvaged wool. Gathering wool from the land is precious, heavy with lanolin in its raw state, I enjoy handling and manipulating its fibres. Wool has a unique quality that is wild and bouncy, and slightly unruly, which evokes mischief and charm.
The Silver Birch tree that stands tall and slender in the forests of Finland has become my fascination for this project. Welsh and Finish wool are blended together , touched and enhanced with painterly effects of organic pigment from natural dyes of the fallen birch leaves.
Shown here: large silk wrap, eco-printed with organic pigment from natural dyes of silver birch leaves.