Maggie Anne Price
Working with fibre brings together the textile skills I have spent my life learning and using, both to earn my living and just for fun. Starting with raw fleece and doing every process is, for me, a completion of a wonderful, sustainable circle.
This part of Wales is full of sheep: a myriad of different breeds each with different fleece colours and characteristics. I buy white and coloured wool, rare breed special fleeces, mohair, alpaca and angora rabbit fibre, straight from the small farms where the animals live.
Black wool is from my own small flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep.
I love the process of sourcing the fibres from the surrounding area, meeting the small flock keepers and their animals as I collect the fleeces.
Fibres such as silk, cotton, bamboo, linen, hemp, soya bean and others are from further away.
Sadly our lush Welsh pastures rarely grow the very finest, softest fleece, although some get pretty close. I do buy Merino fibre from a reputable UK supplier who only stocks wool from non-mulsed South American or Falkland Islands flocks.
I use fibre and wool techniques to produce ‘collections’ which I sell on Etsy, at a few local craft outlets and through Craft Shows. The ‘Where to Buy’ page has full details.
In addition to spinning, knitting and weaving I make two dimensional images, both literal and more abstract, of the scenery that surrounds me, using felting techniques, stitch and beads.
Some are mounted onto slate ready to hang on a wall, others are mounted behind glass in a deep frame. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the soft, warm wool against the cold unyielding slate.
Wearable miniatures are glimpses or representations of our wonderful coast and countryside, are designed to be worn as brooches or pendants.
To complement these I have a range of cards, which are simpler versions of similar scenes.
I hope these pictures will give the viewer that ethereal 'warm' feeling we all experience when a happy or comforting memory is stirred.