Photographs by Ian Storie
The next Alpaca Adventure in Latvia takes place in June 2018. If you'd like to know more, get in touch.
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I first found out about Karen Haggis and her Nepal Textile Adventure last September. It had been a very hard time for me and my husband, as we both lost our fathers in the summer. We hadn't had a proper holiday for a while, and this trip to Nepal (including the far east of the country) promised so much: discovering the art of dhaka weaving and 'counted thread' embroidery, participating in workshops on feltmaking and blockprinting and photographing one of the most colourful cultures in the world.
I signed up, met Karen and the 5 other women in the group and, in April, embarked on one of the most exciting trips of my life.
If you follow my blog, you will know that Susan and I go way back. We have holidayed together countless times and, most recently, made several trips in pursuit of exceptional feltmaking experiences. A couple of years ago, Susan gave me a copy of Catherine O'Leary's book, From felt to fabric. Imagine my delight when I saw that, not only was Catherine to be teaching a 3-day workshop on Bodywraps this summer, but that it would take us back to the Netherlands...this time to Atelier Fiberfusing, run by feltmaker, Dorie van Dijk. The location for our felting sojourn on the banks of the River Amstel could not have been bettered, despite the heatwave of the first couple of days and the ever-hungry mosquitoes at our accommodation.
Like every artist, Heather takes inspiration for her vibrant and colourful felt work from the world around. And from around the world. Heather and her husband Jonathan have journeyed to some extraordinary locations in recent years. Cuba. Marrakech. The Hebrides. Places far and near where culture and colour create wonderful memories for them, and also inspire the patterns and colour combinations of scarves, bags or wallhangings.
Enjoy a small selection of Heather's inspirations - Cuban Culture, Hebridean Landscapes and Marrakech Colours.