Hello, I’m Carol. I love to use naturally-dyed, rare-breed fleece from the Peak District, where I live and work from English Tilly studio. My specialty is making felt landscapes from Whitefaced Woodland fleece. This breed of sheep is indigenous to where I live. Much of my inspiration comes from the countryside; mostly from the Derbyshire Peak District and its wildlife, but also the Jurassic Coast where I grew up. I have just been awarded the ‘Environmental Quality Mark’ by The Peak Park Authority for my commitment to safeguarding the Peak District and its heritage and resources.
I graduated in 1997 with a degree in Design & Technology with qualified teaching status. I then worked as a primary school teacher for 8 years in Sheffield before starting my own creative venture, working as a Community Artist and Felt-maker. I have been very lucky to have been asked to run some exciting arts projects for High Peak Community Arts and The National Trust. Our felt landscapes have gradually become larger and more ambitious over the years!
It’s great teaching felt-making to all ages. There’s so much scope for experimenting with colour and texture; making a myriad of things from pictures to tea cosies through to animal sculptures. Anything from a practical bag to a cute fox or silly carrot!