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Moira West

Tigued, 2010, by Moira West

Tigued, 2010, by Moira West

Moira West on TAFA

Moira West

Moira West

Moira shares a lot of photos of sheep on her Facebook page. Different breeds, funny situations, long hair, big horns….  I think she has sheep on her mind! It would make sense because Moira West works with their wool, mixing it with other fibers to create sculptures and wall art that explore texture and form. She describes her quest on her TAFA profile:

“Much of my work is site specific. Working methods include hand-made felting processes incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques. Wool fibres predominate, integrated with plant and cellulose fibres, to create unusual shapes and textures. Inviting interaction and personal confrontation with life and its unexpected pathways. I have developed a reputation for creating striking, fascinating and unusual fibre art, many examples of which are in private collections. Combining textile technique with a diverse range of challenging materials, my work is inspired by my environment and a desire to push boundaries whilst creating an impact to promote greater understanding of human frailty.”

Moira lives in the UK, exhibits regularly and often works on large-scale projects. She is actively engaged with her local artist community and teaches workshops on various techniques. She has recently become active in our private member group on Facebook and it’s been a delight to get to know her better.

Here are a couple more of her pieces:

Melting Pot, 2012, external view, Moira West

Melting Pot, 2012, external view, Moira West

Moira West at Rufford Craft Center, 2012

Moira West at Rufford Craft Center, 2012

As you can see, form and texture reign! She describes herself as highly competitive in spirit, but my thinking is that she is instead, determined. Her interest in the natural world shines with love for it and for how she can capture its essence through her work. We are fortunate to have her and encourage you to connect with her and get to know her.

Moira shared the video below on her personal page on Facebook. As you watch it, think about sheep, wool, felt, Moira West working away in her studio and all of the threads that bind us together as fellow beings living on this planet. Let her work inspire you towards happiness!

Feel free to leave a comment here for Moira and we’ll make sure that she sees it.

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About

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I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!

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