I have always enjoyed arts and crafts but it was after taking my children to a felting workshop, run by Jo McIntosh, at our local library, that my real interest in working with fibres was born. The whole process of felting seemed like a little bit of ‘magic’, and I continued to learn more through reading books, watching online tutorials and trial and error. I discovered needlefelting as a wonderful way for embellishing and adding fine details and have used this extensively, together with hand stitching, to add wonderful surface texture to my work.
I have lived in and around St Ives for my whole life and take inspiration from the Cornish landscape – from moor to shore I love the ever changing colours over the seasons. I enjoy walking the coastal paths and moorland tracks and use the photographs I take as a starting point for most of my work.
I have used felting to create pictures of landscapes and birds, as well as book covers, scarves, vases and neckpieces and often incorporate recycled materials, silks and vintage doilies.
I am delighted to be part of the St Ives Textiles group, and see it as a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded people. I already feel inspired to try some new things and expand my use of textiles as well as explore mixed media and keep a sketchbook.
I have recently started a blog (tanyarogerscreative.blogspot.co.uk) and you can also find me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/tanya_textileart/ ) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/tanyarogerstextileart ) .
© Tanya Rogers