Sculptor

Bailey Curtis

Bailey Curtis has been making felt for more than 30 years, having been a weaver before that. She uses Gloucestershire wool, which she washes, dyes and felts. Then she cuts the felt into letters by hand, and stitches them into words. Inspiration comes from shapes, surfaces & textures found in the landscape around the country. In 2004, she exhibited a large felt hanging at the Eden Project, Cornwall, along with other members of South West Textile Group.

She went to Cheltenham College of Art (Foundation studies), London College of Music (City & Guilds in Creative Textiles) and East Berkshire College (Diploma in Stitched Textiles). She also holds a Diploma in Weaving, Spinning & Dyeing from Bradford College of Art & Technology. She is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, South West Textile Group and other smaller exhibiting groups.Recent work as been based on the ‘Poet’s Path’, walks taken by the ‘Dymock Poets’ a  group of writers who came to live around the nearby village of Dymock in the months just before World War 1 in 1914. The countryside in the area is still very rural, beautiful and unspoilt. The hand made felt from local wool is dyed and pieced, then stitched together to make several hangings on this theme. Paper art collages of the area were shown alongside the felt work.

New work is based on Cornwall, after having a residency there in 2010 and again in 2012, visiting standing stones and other interesting Celtic sites. Walking along the cliff path or across a windswept moor is always inspirational. There are plans to do another residency in 2015.

The Cotswold Sculpture Park is exhibiting three pieces by Bailey Curtis this year, which you will find hanging in the shop. They are:

 ‘Forest’, hand dyed wool felt, 99 cms x 26 cms £145
‘Trees’, hand dyed wool felt, 76 cms x 26 cms £130
‘War & Peace’, hand dyed wool felt, 68 cms x 20 cms £120

You can see more of Bailey’s work, and find out more about her, at her website: www.baileycurtis.com and you can find her on Instagram: “Bailey Curtis”.

 

 

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