Lea Williams - Sarah Fisher - Jude Piper
Anna Lonsdale - Alison Hobbs
Lea Williams, Textile Artist, Montgomery
Lea is a full-time home educating mum to Elfin, working from home in a rural creative cottage industry. She is a self-taught artist, loving heritage crafts and is passionate about helping to keep the old skills alive and growing.
Lea, and Elfin her daughter, spend lots of time crafting together, spinning yarns and art yarns and weaving on rigid heddle looms and tapestry looms. They sew, knit, crochet, paint, print, make jewellery, do pottery, wet felting and needle felting, whittle wood and basketry.
We are thrilled to have their shawls, jewellery, scarves and wooden crafted knitting needles in our gallery this December.
Anna Lonsdale – “FairyCurlsFibre”
“Having moved to Herefordshire nearly 20 years ago and buying a property with a bit of land, I fulfilled my dream of owning goats. Dairy goats were my first thought, but at the time I saw an article about Angora goats and I was hooked. These beautiful creatures produce lustrous curly fibre known as mohair.”
Anna shears, spins and dyes the mohair fibres from her own goats. She transforms the fibre by dying in vibrant colours but also uses the natural undyed fleece. Anna creates delightful needle felted fairies, sheep, goats and other creatures as well as skeins of beautiful softly spun yarn and we are delighted to show her work in the gallery during December.
"I have a fascination with times past, so my inspiration tends to be historical rather than avant-garde. My concession to modern times is in regard to recycling and re-using. I aim to make use of materials which other people have rejected."
Alison refashions reclaimed woollen jumpers into amazing hats and other items, often using vintage buttons making each piece unique.
Welcome to the gallery this December Alison!
Alison has a stall at Llanidloes market every Saturday.