Fibre Art

Ilse Seidel

Fibre Art

Fibre artist and felt maker

Born and bred in Germany, I came to New Zealand in 1998, where two of my children and all of my grandchildren live.

The main emphasis of my education was Arts. I play several instruments, piano and violin, just to name two. I have also studied some maths and computer science. While working as a multimedia designer in my former life, I was always passionate about colour and fibre.

Inspired by the New Zealand environment, I developed my own style as fibre artist and feltmaker - a combination of European tradition set free by the spirit of a young country. Nature is my inspiration. I am painting for fun, and I also have worked with clay for many years.

Now I am painting mainly on wool and with wool and I love to create flowers and needle felted sculptures. I am working mainly with NZ merino wool, which I mostly dye myself.

In 2007 I received the 1st Entrant Award of the Creative Fibre Northland Exhibition for a woven scarf, which I made from hand dyed and hand spun silk.

My true passion is to create colourful, quirky and unusual fibre art and I love to combine fibre with 'hard' materials in a surprising way.

My current work is available through me personally.