Meet The Maker – Jenny Tidman

Jenny Tidman - Textile Artist

Jenny Tidman – Textile Artist

Jenny has a lifelong love of textiles and a secret hankering for the good life which has led her to working in wool. Having had expert one to one tuition from a Gold Medal winning City and Guilds felt artist Jenny has discovered the delights of scouring, carding, spinning and dyeing wool but the ancient art of wet felting is where her passion lies.

Felted bowl with red inner

Felted bowl with red inner

Texture and shape is of the most importance to Jenny in her work.  She likes to work with natural coloured wool or wool that has been dyed using natural ingredients; having said that a blast of acid colour can be so good for the soul and Jenny loves the contrast it creates with a natural coloured wool.

Felted bowl with blue inner

Felted bowl with blue inner

Jenny likes to source her natural coloured wool in its raw state from around the UK and processes it herself. It is quite a thrill to work with wool when she has met and know the name of the sheep that it has come from.

Felted bowl with yellow inner

Felted bowl with yellow inner

Jenny has attended felt workshops run by Amanda Warren, Frances Barker, Melanie Bermingham and Gretel Parker and admires many felt and textile artists and designers such as Alexander Pilin, Annemeike Mein, Kaffe Fassett, Stephanie Metz, Gretel Parker, Frances Barker, Elis Vermeulen and Annette Quentin-Stoll to name but a few.

Felted bowl with pink inner

Felted bowl with pink inner

Jenny is a member of The International Felt Makers Association, The Eastern Region Textile Forum and a local textile group called Chain Reaction. She has previously sold some pieces through the Hebden Spirit art auction to raise funds for the flooded town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Set of three felted bowls

Set of three felted bowls

Heart Gallery is proud to be showcasing Jenny’s felted bowls as part of Kate Lycett’s TALL TREES AND WARM STONE Solo Exhibition as the colours compliment Kate’s paintings and the bowls are interesting and tactile and here we are showing them on display infront of Clare Caulfield’s pen and ink work!

Alison with Jenny Tidman and her fabulous felted bowls

Alison with Jenny Tidman and her fabulous felted bowls

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