Ruth Packham – Needle Felter

Ruth trained as a fine artist, graduating in 1992. Until ten years ago Ruth’s work was print based. Cutting intricate paper stencils to create multi layered screen prints, Ruth worked on fabric, producing bespoke soft furnishing and large scale one off canvasses. Her work draws inspiration from the natural world; the patterns and colours of nature, flora and fauna, the landscape in which she lives. Ten years ago Ruth made her first piece of felt using wool fibre and was instantly mesmerised, intrigued and in awe of the new possibilities for her practice felt making offered. Ruth has taught in schools, youth groups, residential homes for the elderly, art centres and at festivals and craft fairs. Ruth exhibits regularly in UK in galleries and at contemporary craft fairs. She travels extensively with her work and has recently completed an artist residency in Senegal.

Click here to see a short film of Ruth at work.