Joy Jenkins

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Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Joy Jenkins

Colours and the ways they can be combined to achieve different effects have always intrigued me. I also love the tactile qualities of objects and find it hard to resist touching surfaces whether of sculptures in a gallery, stones and shells on the beach or the bark of trees. Textile creationcombines both of these elements, and felting especially intrigues me because of its almost magical, alchemical quality; the way that fibres are totally transformed by the process.

In my work I am exploring the concept of wearable art - a functional garment that is also a beautiful and unique creation. I love natural fibres, especially wool in its many different forms, and silk because of its irresistible softness and lustre. My raw materials include fine merino wool, mulberry and tussah silk, as well as alpaca and other locally-sourced wools.

My designs attempt to bring together subtle colour combinations with both abstract and traditional flower and plant motifs.

My scarves and shawls are far from the traditional notions of felt items. They are made from a variety of wools and silk, chosen for their softness and luxurious feel. By virtue of several different felting techniques, including cobweb felt and nuno felt, the resulting item can vary from an almost gossamer-like wrap to a shawl or scarf of substance. I also like to make brooches, and have been experimenting with various techniques to make hats and handwarmers.

The processes are intricate. Firstly the design is built up in layered strands of various wools, silks and wool-silk combinations. Then the item is felted, a long and energetic process involving large amounts of water. After drying, there follow various finishing processes before each item is complete.