Artwork to display in the garden

Textile artist Alison Spaven will once again fill the Orchid House at Helmsley Walled Garden with a new collection of needle felted art from this weekend.

Pieces referencing ‘The Secret Garden’, the Hot Border and views of the castle overlooking the walls will be on display alongside works showcasing Alison’s new passion for portraiture.

Alison said: “All my work is created freehand, using single needle felting and rare breed wool, sourced from a wonderful farmer in Aberdeenshire. Backgrounds for photos are preferably wet felted as this gives greater depth of field than can be found in the reclaimed woolen blankets I also use.These are then professionally framed behind clear glass

“I am fortunate that my work has ended up in private collections in this country and in the United States, with some buyers returning each year to visit my studio openings. I am a member of the International Feltmakers Association, a founding member of York Textile Artists and a member of the Embracing Wool collective.

Alison’s exhibition runs September 3-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal opening hours and entry prices for Helmsley Walled Garden apply

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