Fibre Art

Ilse Seidel

Fibre Art

Born and bred in Germany, Ilse Seidel moved  to New Zealand in 1998. While working as multimedia designer in the IT industry in her former life, she was always passionate about colour and fibre and inspired by the New Zealand environment she developed her own style as fibre artist and feltmaker – a combination of European tradition set free by the spirit of a young country. Nature is her inspiration.

She  paints on wool and with wool loves to create colourful work. She is working mainly with NZ merino wool, which she mostly dyes herself
2007 I received the 1st Entrant Award of the Creative Fibre Northland Exhibition.

Her true passion is to create quirky and unusual fibre art and she loves to combine fibre with different materials in a surprising way.

Recently she extended her range to mixed-media work and is happily playing with fluid acrylics and alcohol inks.

Jane Shaw

Ceramics Fibre Art

Creativity has always been fostered by my family. After being encouraged to pursue this, I studied 3D design at Bath Academy of Art, UK, with a focus on ceramics. I graduated with a BA(Hons) degree and received an invaluable education with both artistic and intellectual stimulation.

My passion has always been first and foremost clay; I love throwing vessels on the wheel, manipulating them to incorporate figurative aspects, and impressing detail using locally collected shells for emphasis. Stoneware glazes reflect my interest in the colours and textures of this region.

Recent circumstances have given me the opportunity to develop my skills in textile arts, classes in patchwork and quilting have fed my enthusiasm for fabrics, and I enjoy exploring my visual influences through textiles, playing with colour and stitching.

Click on the images below to see enlargements of her work and scroll through the slideshow.