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gladyspaulus

Felt made by hand - unique textile art by Gladys Paulus

Frome, United Kingdom · 24 Sales

gladyspaulus

Felt made by hand - unique textile art by Gladys Paulus

Frome, United Kingdom 24 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(6)

Announcement   PLEASE NOTE I AM CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING ANY NEW COMMISSIONS IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE ON PRODUCING WORK FOR MY FIRST SOLO SHOW, SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 2017. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Welcome to my Etsy shop.

I am a felt artist based in Somerset (England).

Inspired by the alchemy of the ancient feltmaking process, my work explores the notion of transformation: By adding water, heat, soap and friction, loose wool fibres become a versatile fabric which is then sculpted into tactile forms.

My background is in fine art painting, but I fell into felt almost by accident back in 2005. I love working with wool; from sourcing a fleece right through to the magic that happens when you add water, soap and a pair of hands. Felt is thought to be the oldest form of textile and it feels very special to be part of such a long tradition.

Through my paternal grandparents I was introduced to the magical and highly symbolic world of Indonesian puppetry, dance and imagery. With my other foot firmly embedded in Dutch pragmatism, practicality and Northern European folklore, feltmaking has enabled me to start bringing together these influences into a language of my own. I am interested in the theatrical possibilities of felt, hence my ongoing exploration into headdresses and body adornments. Generally speaking, I find inspiration in mythology and the natural world and I am fascinated by the shapes, patters and systems of nature.

Someone once said that feltmaking is at once deceptively simple and endlessly complex. To me, this simplicity is rooted in the earthiness of the raw materials and the basic physicality of the feltmaking process; all that is required is a determined pair of hands and a good dose of patience and flexibility. The fibres can behave in unpredictable ways, but by experiencing and observing the process time and time again, one can learn to work with the fibres, rather than against them.

I increasingly use local and rare wool breeds and I am experimenting with growing and dyeing with plants. As my work develops, I am also growing more and more interested in incorporating other materials and techniques into my felt.

In addition to making, I teach feltmaking workshops and masterclasses nationally & internationally to share my passion with others. Over the past few years I have accepted commisions for theatrical performance, commercials, photoshoots and more. I also hire out my masks from time to time. If you are running a creative project and are interested in finding out about hiring possibilities, please send me a message.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have been living and working in the UK since 1995. I currently live in Somerset and I’m a mother of two.

For more information on my work please visit my website www.gladyspaulus.co.uk or read my short story on the Etsy blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/short-stories-felt-masks-by-gladys-paulus/

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 15, 2016

PLEASE NOTE I AM CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING ANY NEW COMMISSIONS IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE ON PRODUCING WORK FOR MY FIRST SOLO SHOW, SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 2017. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Welcome to my Etsy shop.

I am a felt artist based in Somerset (England).

Inspired by the alchemy of the ancient feltmaking process, my work explores the notion of transformation: By adding water, heat, soap and friction, loose wool fibres become a versatile fabric which is then sculpted into tactile forms.

My background is in fine art painting, but I fell into felt almost by accident back in 2005. I love working with wool; from sourcing a fleece right through to the magic that happens when you add water, soap and a pair of hands. Felt is thought to be the oldest form of textile and it feels very special to be part of such a long tradition.

Through my paternal grandparents I was introduced to the magical and highly symbolic world of Indonesian puppetry, dance and imagery. With my other foot firmly embedded in Dutch pragmatism, practicality and Northern European folklore, feltmaking has enabled me to start bringing together these influences into a language of my own. I am interested in the theatrical possibilities of felt, hence my ongoing exploration into headdresses and body adornments. Generally speaking, I find inspiration in mythology and the natural world and I am fascinated by the shapes, patters and systems of nature.

Someone once said that feltmaking is at once deceptively simple and endlessly complex. To me, this simplicity is rooted in the earthiness of the raw materials and the basic physicality of the feltmaking process; all that is required is a determined pair of hands and a good dose of patience and flexibility. The fibres can behave in unpredictable ways, but by experiencing and observing the process time and time again, one can learn to work with the fibres, rather than against them.

I increasingly use local and rare wool breeds and I am experimenting with growing and dyeing with plants. As my work develops, I am also growing more and more interested in incorporating other materials and techniques into my felt.

In addition to making, I teach feltmaking workshops and masterclasses nationally & internationally to share my passion with others. Over the past few years I have accepted commisions for theatrical performance, commercials, photoshoots and more. I also hire out my masks from time to time. If you are running a creative project and are interested in finding out about hiring possibilities, please send me a message.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have been living and working in the UK since 1995. I currently live in Somerset and I’m a mother of two.

For more information on my work please visit my website www.gladyspaulus.co.uk or read my short story on the Etsy blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/short-stories-felt-masks-by-gladys-paulus/

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HIDING FOX Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
HARE Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
MADE TO ORDER: Hand felted 'Stag' headdress
$1,227.71
MADE TO ORDER: Hand felted 'Doe' headdress
$1,066.17
MADE TO ORDER: Hand felted 'Ram' headdress
$1,066.17
MADE TO ORDER: Hand felted Hare mask
$1,066.17
OWL Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
HORNS Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
YELLOW FOX Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
VIXEN Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
DOE & STAG Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85
YOUNG BUCK Fine art A3 photographic poster print
$25.85

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(6)
Scriptfox

Scriptfox on Feb 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A true experience, creative collaboration with the artist, a product that is both practical and that looks great, and quick shipping-- resulting in both a great decoration and costume piece that will last for ages!

mpdelaat

mpdelaat on Apr 5, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased the 'ram's horns' as a birthday gift for my partner, who's an Aries. Turned out to be the perfect gift. Gladys's craftsmanship is unbelievable. On display on the stand that I had made the horns look absolutely monumental. Thanks Gladys.

Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts on Feb 18, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

An amazingly well crafted, totally unique, and utterly beautiful item. Really am chuffed to bits with it, it's a work of art. Gladys was lovely to deal with, and the item arrived well packaged, and promptly.

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About

Transformation by an ancient textile

This particular story starts back in 2005, when I bought a fleece straight off the sheep during a visit to a sheep farm with my, then 9 year old, daughter.

Listening to the farmer's wife talk about the state of the world and the perceived low value of wool, I felt strangely compelled to purchase a fleece to see what I could do with it.

I had been creatively frustrated for years and had stopped painting altogether after attending Art College (rather ironically). Busy with motherhood, the need to put bread on the table, and a complete mental block when it came to painting, my life was going in an entirely different direction to the one I had predicted and wished for myself.

I needed to reclaim the core of me, which is (and has always been) a creative one, and this entirely innocent trip to a farm and the fleece that was a result of it presented me with a blank slate. Here was an opportunity to start with a material I knew nothing about, from scratch, with an open mind.

Having circled the fleece a few times, and after a few false starts (spinning and knitting), I turned to feltmaking. Library book in hand, my first try was a tea cosy of moderate success.

I was intrigued by the process, but soon after became a mother for the second time (it's all in the timing!) and had little time to get the grips with the technique.

But as my youngest grew, so did my desire to go back to felt and, via experiments with toys, hand puppets and other items I finally arrived at animal masks. Even at the start of my felt journey I knew I would be one day be making larger pieces, so it came almost as a relief to finally get stuck in. I spent years working out the technicalities of felting such complex hollow 3-dimensional shapes, and I'm still learning and developing the process now.

My vision is big still, and not limited to masks or felt alone either. My private work is progressing into more conceptual pieces and I visualise installations for art galleries - this is what I'm slowly working towards in my own time. I'm becoming more and more interested in incorporating other materials and techniques into my work, and perhaps one day I will even go back to my first love, painting, although for now I am entirely content to concentrate on felt.

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    I am a felt artist based in Somerset, England. Inspired by the alchemy of the feltmaking process, my work explores the transformational and theatrical qualities of felt. www.gladyspaulus.co.uk

Shop policies

Last updated on July 23, 2014
Welcome to the more 'official' part of my shop. If you're reading this you may be considering purchasing one of my hand felted items. Before you do so, please take some time to read my shop policies before you buy. Love them or loath them, they are there to avoid any misunderstanding between us! If anything is unclear or I have neglected to cover a eventuality, please feel free to get in touch.

Thank you!

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Payment
I accept the following payment methods:

PAYPAL
This is a safe, on-line method of payment. A Paypal account is easy to set up and funds are withdrawn from your chosen bank account immediately.

DIRECT CHECKOUT
If you prefer to pay with a credit or debit card, choose this option in checkout. Funds are withdrawn from your chosen bank account immediately and there is no need to set up an account with a third party provider.

ETSY GIFT CARD
If you have been given an Etsy Gift Card and you don't have an Etsy account yet, you need to set one up first. More information on this and how to redeem your gift card: https://www.etsy.com/uk/help/article/4638?ref=help_search_result
Shipping
I will endeavour to ship your item within 4-5 days of receiving payment. Orders placed on weekends/holidays and custom/personalized pieces may take a little longer, but I will keep you informed of progress.

Please allow at least 4-5 weeks for made-to-order items to be completed. Some items may take longer, depending on size, amount and/or level of complexity. Please contact me directly so we can discuss a time schedule to suit us both.

If (due to unforeseen circumstances) I cannot meet these deadlines I will contact you to discuss alternative options. If you need your item to arrive as quickly as possible (to meet a photoshoot deadline for example) and you would like me to try and ship to you sooner, please get in touch and I will do my best to accomodate your request!

NOTE ON SHIPPING/POSTAGE:

Shipping costs are approximated and include the actual cost of shipping plus a small amount to cover the cost of shipping supplies and materials. Shipping costs to different destinations vary wildly and are dependant on the size of the parcel, rather than the weight. Fees given with each listing are a rough indication of cost only.

Please contact me with the details of the country you would like me to send this item to before you click 'buy', and I will do my best to provide an accurate quote for you, which may well be cheaper than the prices below! I will of course reimburse shipping overcharges should they occur.

If you would like to place a large order I'll be happy to work with you to adjust the shipping price, but please contact me first to arrange this

NOTE ON SHIPPING FOR MADE TO ORDER ITEMS:

Dimensions of made-to-order items may vary from the example listing according to the buyer's specific wishes. As such shipping cost for made to order items may differ from the indication given here. I will always do my best to provide the lowest possible quote for you and will always communicate the various options with you before shipping.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
All of my items can be shipped internationally and the approximated shipping price for different parts of the word are given along with a standard "Everywhere Else" listing that I based on shipping to the mailing zone farthest from me (Australia).

If the shipping price turns out to be significantly less to ship to your destination I will refund the difference via PayPal or Direct Checkout.

PLEASE NOTE that buyers are responsible for and all all duty and custom charges that may be incurred. Before purchasing, please take the time to find the information relevant for your country at your local post office or on the web. Every country varies.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURN POLICY
I take great pride in my work and I hope that you love the things I make for you. However, if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason simply notify me by email, send the piece back in good/unused condition within 14 days, and I will refund your purchase price & original shipping fee. Note, however, that I will not refund the price of return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
PACKAGING/ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: Whilst ensuring that your item will reach you undamaged and in once piece, I will use recycled packaging where possible. This may mean using re-cycled bubble wrap, plastic bags or boxes. However, please rest assured I wrap and pack with care and would never send out something in the post if I wasn't confident it would arrive safely.

If you are buying this item as a gift and are having it directly delivered to the recipient, please let me know and I will make sure the presentation is suitably festive.

CUSTOM MADE PRODUCTS: All pieces are created by hand, so no two items are identical. That's the beauty of the product! Please allow for slight variances from what is shown in the made to order photos. If you are interested in ordering a custom made piece, please get in touch.

HEALTH & SAFETY
If you suffer from a lanolin allergy please be advised that, although all my wool is cleaned well before and during the felt making process, I cannot guarantee it is a 100% clear of lanolin, the grease that is naturally found in sheeps wool.

All my felt products are made from 100% sheeps wool, with the occasional addition of (cotton) fabric or other natural fibres such as linen, silk or rayon. Coloured wool has been dyed either by myself (using natural dyes) or by my supplier (using synthetic dyes). Some very small remnants of vegetation such as straw or grass may be found embedded in the felt.

My felt puppets are not suitable for children under 36 months and parental guidance is advisable.