Ursula Westwood BA Hons, Fine Art Sculpture
I am a textile artist, and have been making textile works mainly using felt since 2002.
I am fascinated by the history of felt making and love drawing with the vibrant colours of the wool to create my designs. Felt making for me is highly satisfying and makes me very happy.
I started my business in 2002, designing a range of bags and cushions that featured hand felted designs in London. I supplied orders to shops after exhibiting at Top Drawer and East London Design Show, and having editorial coverage in Time Out magazine for Christmas stockings. I also had some commissioned designs for the National Gallery, and St Paul's Cathedral shop in London, and a boutique in Milan. All of my designs can be seen on my previous website here and are available to order.
I now sell my range of felted items directly to the customer, where I create bespoke commissions. I also really enjoy inspiring others with teaching the felt making process at workshops and going in to schools as a visiting artist.
My artwork is uplifting- using bright fresh colours and simple forms, I am inspired to give a sense or impression of nature through my work.
I have always had a love of textiles, and producing sculpture work on my degree mainly involved using a sewing machine, with creating fun costumes for performance work and installations. The ideas for my degree show developed into the notion of producing artwork about the self, and so my whole degree show was based on that. 'Narcissistic Greenhouse' featured in The Guardian, and was part of a group exhibition in Paris in 1999.
Current and future work
I am now working on a larger scale making felted wall hangings for interiors. I also love screen printing, and incorporating other textile techniques to create designs. I have developed some screen print designs based on the theme of 'Journeys', inspired from a trip to Miami. All my work is for sale and pieces can be commissioned.
Ursula Westwood 2023