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Pamela is a retired middle school art teacher from the USA who began felting in 2004. In 2009 she taught her first national felt workshop and currently she is teaching out of her studio and creating exhibition work.
My work is inspired by nature and the habitat around our small farm. I have exhibited my work internationally and nationally and in private collections and museums. I love the constant challenge and engineering of each art work.
Pamela is a former art teacher from the US and her first retirement gave her the time to begin a fresh career teaching felt all over the world. She has made some wonderful friendships along the way that will last for the rest of her life. As Pamela approaches a second retirement from teaching felt nationally and internationally, she looks forward to teaching out of her studio in the US and continuing to challenge herself with new exhibition work.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that have taken my workshops, hosted me and befriended me over these past years. I have certainly enjoyed teaching felt, making felt and learning from so many wonderful instructors as well as learning from my students. It is now my time to be a student and just play a bit. Thank you to World of Wool for this feature and for all your help over the years. I look forward to the next chapter of my life in felting.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I find the versatility of felt and the many engineering possibilities the most satisfying. I never get bored making felt. It is the only medium, that I know of, that can encompass clothing, jewelry, vessels, sculptures, paintings, wall hangings and so much more. I find it very fulfilling!
What is your favourite fibre?
The wool I use most is Finnish Wool and in it's natural colors. I love the way it blends into lovely shades as the colors overlap, how quickly it felts and how hard I can get the felt. Being primarily a 3-d artist I find that Finnish wool is perfect for my vessels and sculptures.
What is your favourite breed of sheep?
I love them all. I love the smell, the gentleness, the sounds and of course, the fibre!
What do you like the most about the company?
Oh where do I begin? The staff are all delightful to work with. They don't mind giving extra help when it is needed and are a very fair minded company. My orders come to the US within a week with the personalised note from the person that packed it up. I have been a very satisfied customer for many years.
Do you have a top tip for your fellow crafters?
When using the Finnish wool in a vessel or sculpture, make your cuts at the beginning so they heal as you continue to fill your project. Finish wool is a long and somewhat coarse, therefore it takes a long time to heal to the edges. I also suggest using thin plastic as much as possible while you are filling, it helps to keep the wool smooth.
If you would like to view some of Pamela’s work you can do so in our gallery below. Current work and works in progress can also be seen on her website http://www.tarveycottagestudio.com/.
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