Jillian Somerville Finch's Profile

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I’ve been felt making for over 15 years, at first prompted by participating in a workshop at the Victorian Felt Makers. I quickly fell in love with felt making. I was already a textile artist and teacher working in a Steiner Seminar and school teaching crafts and doll making. I started introducing felt making into my classes and groups. It spiraled into regular workshops and exhibitions. I was introduced to doll making when my children attended a Steiner school. I first made dolls as a fund raiser for the school fair. They were so popular I had commissions to produce the dolls. I love these dolls because they are made of all natural materials, simple harmonious designs that lead to imaginative play for children.

Growing up in Australia I’ve been inspired by the colours and textures of the landscape. My travels as a younger woman took me to India, Afghanistan, Turkey and Greece which have…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 17
  • Joined August 3, 2008

Favorite materials

Australian wools and dyes, silk fibers and cloths, muslin, acrylic and watercolor paints, gold leaf, hand made papers, colorful yarns

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Wandering The Landscape

About

I’ve been felt making for over 15 years, at first prompted by participating in a workshop at the Victorian Felt Makers. I quickly fell in love with felt making. I was already a textile artist and teacher working in a Steiner Seminar and school teaching crafts and doll making. I started introducing felt making into my classes and groups. It spiraled into regular workshops and exhibitions. I was introduced to doll making when my children attended a Steiner school. I first made dolls as a fund raiser for the school fair. They were so popular I had commissions to produce the dolls. I love these dolls because they are made of all natural materials, simple harmonious designs that lead to imaginative play for children.

Growing up in Australia I’ve been inspired by the colours and textures of the landscape. My travels as a younger woman took me to India, Afghanistan, Turkey and Greece which have also been an influence – the traditional symbols and patterns of these cultures have stayed with me and frequently appear in my work in adapted forms.

I am presently living in the Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by tall trees, colourful fauna and flora. A few days a week, I work in a shop which supports local artisans and sells gifts, books and toys. I still conduct regular workshops in felting and doll-making.

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