Fibre, a very basic material, is the origin of Susan’s artwork. Producing felt in her own studio she is experimenting with colours, shapes and
different usabilities of this ancient skill. A wide range of clothing, hats, scarfs, slippers, interior design, jewellery and objects are on display.
Susan will be working throughout the Oakura Arts Trail to show how fibre turns into felt.
Open during the garden festival.
Open by appointment during the year, please phone.
Map number 10
Read about Susan in the Newspaper:
Taranaki Daily News, Virginia Winder: A felted flower garden near a river by the sea
Taranaki Daily News, Tara Shaskey: Oakura’s artists open their studios for arts trail
Another great article about her felt art in our local TOM magazine on page 9
About Susan Imhasly
Born and raised in the mountainous Valais region of Switzerland, I originally trained and worked as a physical education teacher. However, when felt crossed my way I was immediately hooked. After completing a three year degree in which I gained a profound knowledge of this ancient skill, my family moved to New Zealand. Now residing in Oakura, Taranaki I concentrate solely on my art.
The material felt itself is the inspiration for my art work. It is the alchemy of the felting process during which loose, fragile wool fibres turn into a solid fabric through heat, humidity and friction that fascinates me. I use both traditional nomadic and modern feltmaking techniques. My work is strongly influenced by the organic shapes, patterns and lines of nature and a desire to push boundaries.
Felt is the most ancient way of producing fabric. It is a very basic material and process, but has a unique surface and appearance offering endless possibilities for its use. Felt offers me the versatility to create fine art objects, garments, fashion accessories and interior design pieces.
My work is displayed in two internationally published books about felt art – „Felt Passion“ and „Worldwide Colours of Felt“. I worked as a tutor in Switzerland and now offer workshops in my Twinfelt Studio.