Wool, cotton, bird claws
'Back From The Wild' explores themes of transformation and nature. In this series Alice has used needle felting to create flat and three-dimensional works of art from sheep’s wool. She has also used knitting and stitching to incorporate cotton, beads, fabric, possum fur and human hair into her works.
Alice, who is based in Oakura and works out of her Tataraimaka studio, looks to nature, animals and folk art for inspiration and tells stories based on her ancestry, myths, spirituality and nature.
Alice took up needle felting eight years ago and got hooked on the medium’s versatile nature and texture. She mostly works with Corriedale wool which has been carded and dyed. Needle felting is a dry felting technique where a barbed needle is used to repeatedly jab the wool – tangling and compacting the fibres together. This process is time consuming, but meditative in nature and rewarding for the fine detail it achieves.
Alice has a degree in art history and history and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. She is currently completing her post-graduate diploma in museum studies through Massey University and hopes to help preserve culture and history through different methods of story-telling.