My name is Sally Ridgway. Felt Fibre Craft evolved out of my long-standing love of colour and texture. After initially trying felting years ago I decided “why would you want to do this”? I then read lots of books and researched a way I could satisfy my love for colour and texture without having to sew a straight seam. I eventually came full circle and came back to try felting again.
I then attended a number of courses by some of Tasmania’s best tutors as well as international teachers. The progression was rapid and I soon discovered I would have to teach myself how to dye my own fibre. The next step to spinning was one I was reluctant to take as I knew enough by now to know it could be like felting and dyeing and would become all-consuming.
I soon joined the Tasmanian Spinners & Weavers Guild and was enlightened by the depth of knowledge, generosity and kindness of this wonderful organisation.
I am also a member of Leven Regional Arts, an organisation that is stretching my boundaries, for me just being a member and amongst such artistic talent as with the Spinners & Weavers pushes me to want to produce a more professional quality of work.
Over the years, I have exhibited successfully in a number of regional events and achieved place prizes in the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.
I can usually be found working happily in my studio at my home on the outskirts of Devonport or attending selected local events throughout the year.
Developing my own style of work is my main priority and constantly challenges me to be creating interesting, inspiring and beautiful works, which are functional and practical.