Oxmarket Gallery

Painting with Wool

Oxmarket Gallery
Chichester, UK
August 5, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Painting with Wool
Painting with Wool

An exhibition of hand felted art paintings created by textile artist Paivi Suomi, who works from her studio in Chichester.
Wool and felt wall hangings have traditionally served both as art and with functional purpose to provide insulation to the walls and keep the draught out.

Felt art is very soft and tactile and is meant to be touched.

Felted Circles
Circles Felt Art

The images and colours of my world around me are the inspiration to create my art with wool. I hand dye most of my wools, yarns and silk fibres and use locally sourced wools wherever possible. These become the paints that create my canvas. A combination of hand crafting textile techniques: wet felting, dry needle felting, crochet, hand stitching and machine embroidery complete the work.

From an early age, the world of textiles has been Paivi’s passion. She studied hand weaving, hand spinning, felt making and colour theory at Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia. Paivi operates a business selling her limited edition hand spun yarns. More recently Paivi has turned her attention to the art of felt making, creating pictures and functional objects with wool.

Some of my felt art pieces are now available at Saatchi Art.

Painting with Wool Exhibit
Felt Art Exhibit: Painting with Wool at Oxmarket Gallery

Circles Felt Art
Circles Felt Art
Colour Study – Concentric Circles, 1913
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted circles of pure merino wool, embroidered with hand spun yarns
Approx size: 36 inches x 25 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Concentric Circles - Kandinsky
Concentric Circles – Kandinsky

Bavarian Mountains with Village Felt Art
Mountains in Bavaria with Village Felt Art
Bavarian Mountains with Village, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
The inspiration for this piece comes from one of Kandinsky’s early works, a scene of a mountain village in Bavaria. The lake becomes a river and the season turned to springtime.
Merino wool and silk hand felting using a combination of wet felting and dry needle felting techniques. Embellished with crewel work embroidery and hand stitching.
Approx size: 26 inches x 37 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Bavarian Mountains with Village - Kandinsky
Bavarian Mountains with Village – Kandinsky
Winder Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky
Winter Landscape, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted merino wool and silk fibres, hand dyed
Approx. size: 40 inches x 17 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Winter Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky

Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night, 1889
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand dyed merino wool and silk felted using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx size: 24 inches x 49 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Starry Night - Van Gogh
Starry Night – Van Gogh

Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand Dyed merino wool and silk feled using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads
Approx size: 44 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Field with Poppies - Van Gogh
Field with Poppies – Van Gogh

Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers, 1888
Vincent Van Gogh
Wet felted and hand dyed merino wool and silk. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx. size: 33 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Sunflowers - Van Gogh
Sunflowers – Van Gogh