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Ali Scott

Ali is an experienced feltmaker with a passion for transforming fleece into vibrant felt 'paintings'. Since leaving Art College in the late seventies, Ali has lived and worked in rural Ceredigion. She discovered the ancient art of feltmaking in 2004 and it has become her medium of choice ever since.

Ali's work is a response to the wild and beautiful places that abound here in Wales, the seasonal shifts, changing light, colours and textures of the landscape and coast provide endless inspiration.

Ali is primarily a 'wet felter' and works mostly with ethically sourced Merino wool, sometimes incorporating UK fleece and plant fibres, spun yarn and fabrics to achieve the desired outcome. Working with fleece and fibre can seem deceptively simple yet has infinite possibilities, often with unpredictable outcomes, which help to keep the work dynamic. Ali loves to 'paint' with the 'wool tops' (dyed, carded fleece), building up layers of fibres to create a rich depth of colour. It can take many hours to 'lay out' a design and when it is complete the 'wet felting' begins. A little soap and warm water is added, pressure is applied through rubbing, rolling and throwing and the transformation begins. As the fibres mat together the resulting fabric is worked vigorously to strengthen and shrink it. When the process is complete, the work is stretched onto a frame ready for hanging.

"Creating my pictures is a real joy and it gives me much delight and satisfaction to work in this medium."

Ali exhibits widely and has work in several private collections in the UK and abroad. She is a member of The International Feltmakers Association, Origin (Carmarthen) and The Ceredigion Art Trail. Alongside her work, Ali sells a range of greeting cards and is an experienced workshop facilitator. She also welcomes commissions.