Caoimhe Tuthill– Feltmaker
My work is very much inspired by Ireland’s wild & mythical land.
My love of feltmaking started a few years back. Having worked in many different crafts over the years I discovered the joys of this ancient craft and although I have taken some classes I am mainly self-taught… Many mishaps and a lot of trial and error has gone into creating the work you see here.
I handcraft each item from my home studio in Slane Co. Meath. Living in the Boyne Valley has a major influence on me. I live beside the world heritage site of Brú na Boinne; An area on the beautiful River Boyne that contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes and is home to Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth and their spectacular megalithic rock art.
I feel very much connected to Ireland’s wild & mythical land. From the delicate bog cotton to our ancient trees, our rivers and mountains, our mythology, archaeology, legends and lore, to the sea that surrounds us…
I love it all!
Felt making is considered to be the oldest known textile and has been used for thousands of years. It is the process of layering and mixing carded wool, adding soapy water and using a lot of friction a fabric is made. I use merino wool as the base for all my shawls and accessories as it is soft to the touch & I also use Irish carded wool in my artwork. I add extra detail by adding plant based fibres such as bamboo, soybean and recycled fabrics in my work also to give it a vibrant& distinctive look. Thanks to the handmade nature of felt work, no two pieces can be the same so every piece is one of a kind and unique.
I am dedicated to having an earth friendly business. I use sustainable materials in my products and also my packaging. I collect rain water which I use in felt making and natural dyeing and I use recycled fabrics, handmade wooden branch buttons, driftwood, sea glass and sea pottery in my work.
It is so great and inspiring to see the ever growing movement of crafters, artists &dreamers. It really is a time to go follow your dreams wherever they may take you.
Thank you for supporting mine.