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Irena Willmott
Irena Willmott  

Previous Exhibitions:

Fashion and Embroidery Show - NEC Birmingham March 2011

'A Shore Thing' - The Guildhall, Thaxted, Essex 2010

Commission 2011;
Designed and made the patchwork covers for a 15 foot sofa in the Foundation Restuarant, Covent Garden, London.


Irena (Irenka) Willmott's love of textiles began as a young child when she made tiny outfits for dolls which she successfully sold to friends. She continued to make clothes, quilts and accessories while studying for a BSc in Management Sciences and taking a PGCE before teaching. After starting a family, Irena took a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting at Westhope College, Shropshire.

About 8 years ago, Irena went on her first felt-making course where she found that she could fully explore her love of colour and texture in a creatively experimental and painterly way. She says, "I am drawn to felt because of its tactile qualities; the power of `touch’ is also central to my working as a reflexologist for the past 12 years. I am particularly fascinated by how sheer fabrics are transformed by the addition of dyed wools, soap and water to create `Nuno Felt’. This can then be transformed further by stitching, cutting and layering, sometimes incorporating other found objects and materials."

Inspiration comes mainly from the woodcuts and prints of Japan that combine an attention to detail, simplicity and strong composition, with particular reference to landscape and water.

The versatility of the medium enables Irena to undertake an artistic exploration of emotions and ideas. In the future, she is intending to incorporate conceptual ideas relating to processes on the theme of touch by using nuno felt in combination with contemporary materials.



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