I am Lynn Comley, a textile mixed media artist living and working in the beautiful Peak District National Park in central England. Surrounded by steep sided limestone valleys, craggy outcrops, drystone walls and lots and lots of grazing sheep, this is limestone country. I never tire of the changing light and onset of each changing season, the surrounding landscape inspires and excites me, hopefully this is reflected in my work.
About My Work
I use the wet felting method for my felt work and I hand paint or dye most of my fabrics for my textile pieces. I then use free motion machine embroidery, to complete my work. Each picture I stitch is totally free form, no mark making or colouring between the lines. I like to consider how the fibres lay then machine stitch using a variety of cotton or rayon machine threads. Often adding elements of hand stitching too. The art of felt making has sometimes unfairly been dismissed as an artform. I hope my work brings a fresh, contemporary approach to this ancient yet versatile medium and in turn helps to make the art of felt making an acceptable medium in today's art world.
Feltmaking is an unpredictable process, the carefully laid fibres move and react differently during the felting process, the whole piece may shrink by approximately 20 - 30%, but often reveals unexpectedly pleasing details, so I adapt my design ideas to each individual piece of felt. Each piece is unique, a one off!
I build up layers of dyed fibres considering the elements of art; form, line,colour, space and texture. Using similar principles a watercolour artist would with their paints. Layers of coloured fibre laid more densely create a deeper shade. I usually make the pre-felt (substrate) with white fibres then I can apply colours on top using the ‘light’ from the white beneath, as a watercolorist would do with paper. I like to add texture to my pieces, little areas of interest; for example, the lichen and mosses on a drystone wall, then I emphasise that detail with overstitching using free motion machine embroidery and sometimes hand stitching too with specially chosen threads.
Many of the woolfibres I use I try and source locally. I think it’s really important to support local businesses and this also has a positive environmental benefit as well. As my artwork is based on nature and the surrounding landscapes of the PeakDistrict, environmental sustainability plays a significant part in the process of choosing the fibres I use for my pieces.
My larger pieces of work are available ready framed to view and purchase at exhibitions, please see my News page for upcoming events.
If you see one of my pictures that you like in my Artwork Portfolio, please contact me for pricing, I can then add this to my online shop if you would like to purchase it. This link takes you to my shop.