Wendy Ann Stanger
Textile Artist creating hand made papers from natural fibres, flora and fauna. Using found and gathered feathers, animal fur, foraged leaves, seed heads and grasses to include in the papers. Encasing each of these findings between fine layers of natural fibre such as bamboo, rose, silk and linen. Creating unique surfaces which are then free machine embroidered and hand stitched.
I find myself heavily influenced by the rugged Cumbria countryside and view every walk I go on as an opportunity to source materials to either inspire my work or be included amongst the fibres. Nature never fails to provide me with moments to become curious about texture, colour, form and pattern.
Currently working as a secondary school Art and Textiles teacher, often getting the opportunity to explore new techniques and processes that I wouldn’t normally use within my own practice. I have recently been experimenting with gelli plate printing and Cyanotype which give exciting results when using foraged objects.
Workshops on fibre paper making and forming with wet felting are available upon request.