S J Bardgett - Cumbria

Felt & textiles

I was born in Tebay a small village in Westmorland “Yes I still see myself as a Westmorland lass. “Having left school at 16 I trained for 8 years as a seamstress, I then decided to pack it all in to do something creative! Arty! This ended up being a Degree in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Wolverhampton.

Today I still live and work in Cumbria and have discovered the wonders of felting. My passions and influences stem back to my youth, when I would roam freely over the Howgills, for hours on end without a care in the world. I have a great love and respect for all things wild and woolly and the amazing people and products that surround this community. Although it is true the easiest wool to felt is the merino wool, I like to incorporate some of the British breads where ever possible, and I’m hoping to experiment more with one of my favourites “the Herdwick”.

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