29 Apr

#shoutoutrevolution – Betty’s Bloomin’ Bazaar

My Beryl Cook inspired witches.

Who are you and what do you do?

Mum of two Aspie teenagers.  Wife of undiagnosed Aspie.  Work part time for children’s charity.  In my spare time I craft.  I started needle felting in 2013, and have not looked back!

How long have you been making your art?

I’ve been making art all my life.  Creativity is so important and therapeutic.  I like to paint, I have in the past used fimo, I also do a little jewellery making as I have to make my inner magpie sparkly things.Needle felting has been a constant for me for 7 years.  I love it!

Where is the world do you live?

I live in the beautiful garden of Kent.  With my family and 5 rescue cats.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without?

Time!  Or maybe Imagination ….

Where can I find you on the web?

I have a FB page: Betty’s Bloomin’ Bazaar
and I am on Instagram

Sleep! ? I love being out in nature with my camera.

Have you got any pets?

5 rescue cats, although one has been missing for 16 months. Still hoping he finds his way home to us.

What is your favourite art book?(or, what book are you reading now,
your choice)

Too many! I have books on Dali, Chihuly and Grayson Perry on my nightstand.

22 Sep

#shoutoutrevolution – @ffinlaysonart

**WildBunny asks that you please view this blog post on a laptop/pc, and click on the images to make them bigger.  Because the animals look amazing on a phone screen, but when I viewed them on a bigger screen, I was blown away.  So beautiful.**

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Fiona, I live in Scotland and I make needle felted animals.

When did you begin painting?
I have always painted since I can remember, all through school and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. always liked creating more 3D work which has made needle felting such a great craft for me although I do still paint.

What inspired you to create needle felted animals?
Last year I saw an advert for a class to learn how to needle felt and then have never stopped!

Can you give me a small insight into the process of needle felting?
For full bobby animals you first build a very simple wire armature, wrap this in pipe cleaners then build up core wool , wrapping and stabbing with a felting needle.  When you have a basic shape you start to add colour and eyes.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
Probably the wire as it allows such better results than without although I would be lost without a needle too!

Where can I find you on the web?
Instagram @ffinlaysonart
twitter @ffinlaysonart
Facebook Fiona Finlayson Art
and website http://ffinlayson.com

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Gardening, tv, walking my dog and have a vintage crockery addiction!

Have you got any pets?
Yes, Dexter a yellow Labrador who is 2 who I adore

What reading at the moment?
The book I am reading at the moment is Island of Dreams by Dan Boothbyabout a man who lives in Gavin Maxwells old home – I love otters.