My Name is Debra Esterhuizen and I am a professional Felt Artist living in the UK. I have exhibited my art works extensively and I have worked alongside many communities producing large public commissions for schools and the private sector. I am also a workshop leader and have taught over 2000 people. I have always been a creative and I remember being a child, sitting for hours watching my grandmother who was a very creative seamstress. She taught me so much.
After graduating in Psychology I went on to do research in child development. Although I enjoyed my work, I wasn't following my heart and my first love -ART. I began to travel and discovered felt making in Nepal. I was immediately hooked by this beautiful, dynamic craft. After several months of research and years of practice I developed my skills and focussed more on felt art.From then on I was constantly painting with fibre as I call it. Eventually I was able to turn full time to Felt Art.
I create colourful Felt Art pieces using an ancient technique of wet felting with wool and silk fibres. I adore texture and colour and as you will see in my work I love all things beautiful. The natural world is my inspiration and I am lucky to live in the Lake District where the ever changing light dances with my imagination, compelling me to record in my own way what I witness.
This is Ullswater Lake in the North of England made with Merino wool,silk and free embroidery. Nuno felting techniques were also used and I will explain in detail how to do this in Lesson 3.
The picture above is a felt piece of art before I add water and soap. It was inspired by my trip to the Hebrides and the Isle of Rum. I love to photograph my work at this stage as I love the different textures and dynamic feel to the fibres. Then I am able to convert the photograph to giclee prints to sell so I effectively end up with more than one way of selling the art works. In my course you too can see how to do this.
Below is one of my favourite images HARE I AM , again a photograph which I sell as prints and taken before i added soap and water. I hope I am inspiring you to have a go!
The course launched in February 2014, and is now open. It consists of 5 lessons available immediately after enrolment, all of which with your sign in details, you will be able to access at your leisure.The lessons will teach you all the basics of Felt Art with more specific details on how to create a masterpeice. Each lesson will have at least one demo video and written instructions. Each lesson will need no more than two hours of your time to watch and practice alongside me. You will experiment with different fibres, silks, wools, nylons etc. I will also explain some basic art instruction about colour and composition.
In Lesson 1 I will give you a list of materials and simple equipment that you will need to get started.You will need basic feltmaking materials which are all easily obtainable, and some fibres. Many items are found around your home or are easily purchased from myself or online.This course is for both beginners and experienced feltmakers. Anyone can do felt art and you do not need any prior experience. Where there is a will,there is a way!
For more examples of my work please visit my website www.debraesterhuizen.com