Josephine Gornall – Phinefibre

Fibre/mixed media artist and tutor

Inspiration for my fibre artwork comes from my wanderings of the land and wild seascapes, my love of vibrant colour, abstract expressionism, free flowing forms and textural surfaces.

I’ve always been a wanderer, exploring the moorlands, flora and fauna. I lived on a small farm in my childhood, drawing, creating, making imaginary worlds with whatever I could find both in and outdoors.

After my art degree, I worked as a designer, participatory artist and lecturer. I now love to create my fibre felted paintings, sculptural pieces and funky fun jewellery. I also do needle felted commissions of pets/animals and teach workshops in my lovely studio in Hebden Bridge.

I make all my felted artworks from wool and plant fibres including hemp, nettle, flax, bamboo and more. I mix and layer them together which helps create texture and lustre. Sometimes I embed fabrics into the felted surface and stitch in found objects, plant material or photographic images.

The transformation of the fibres, the unpredictability of felt making, the uncertainty of never being quite sure how the piece will turn out is all part of the wonderful magic for me.

Visit Josephine’s page for contact details and links.

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photos of Josephine

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