The Wytchwood Gallery and Studio
Blacksmith's Yard, Main Street, Naburn
York, YO19 4PN
Alison Spaven is an award-winning animal and wildlife artist, who forms her pictures from rare breed wool using a single felting needle. She specialises in creating pictures with a sculptural effect, with the subject matter spilling over the mount to give an impression of movement and life. A founder member of York Textile Artists, Alison has been an animal artist for decades in various media but took up needle felting seven years ago.
“I feel wool, ethically shorn from British sheep offers an animal artist an extra dimension as the organic nature of the medium delivers a more animated finished result.”
A Well Earned Rest (2020). 51 x 51 cm. Needlefelted onto reclaimed wool and including Scottish tartan, this semi 3D piece measures, framed in a whitewood finish, behind museum quality glass.
Aontaithe (2019). 50 x 50 cm. Needlefelted onto reclaimed wool, this semi 3D highland cow head is created in rare breed wool, framed behind perspex.
Dandelion (2020). 54 x 35 cm. This semi 3D running hare is needlefelted onto a wet felted background and framed in a whitewood finish, behind museum quality glass.
Pride (2020). 50 x 50 cm. Needlefelted from rare breed wool onto a reclaimed wool background, this semi 3D piece, framed behind perspex.
Summer Sunshine (2020). 30 x 45 cm. Needlefelted onto a wet felted background, this semi 3D hare head study is framed behind museum quality glass in a whitewood frame.
The Cherry Thief (2020). 30 x 50 cm. Needlefelted onto a wet felted background, this semi 3D picture, framed in a white wood frame behind museum-quality glass.