Feel for fibre inspires artist
Hats, puppets and brooches are adding a new dimension to one of Timaru's art galleries this month.
Fibre art expert Millie Haussmann is displaying her colourful felt creations at York Street Gallery, where they will remain for six weeks.
It is her first exhibition since starting the craft 12 years ago.
She said felting was a failproof art, which could be used to create a range of items, including hats, brooches and table displays.
"Anybody can do it. There's never any mistakes.
"The possibilities are endless."
Mrs Haussmann said the "forgiving and flexible nature of the fibre" was another aspect she enjoyed.
The whole process was meditative, yet stimulating at the same time, she said.
In a worst-case scenario, if she created something she didn't like, she transformed it into something else, often a brooch.
She said her inspiration came from her husband, Andrew, a photographer. His photograph of a green and purple plant is among the images that have been recreated by Mrs Haussmann, and is in the exhibition.
Mrs Haussmann, a member of spinning and weaving society Creative Fibre, said she has enjoyed the exhibition process.
"It's really fun setting it up. I was surprised, I thought it would be a lot harder. Things never look the same in your room . . . then you get them out and you realise they are good."
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