Michelle was introduced to hand felting when studying for a Textile Art Degree at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Working from her studio at the Craft Village, Donegal Town, Michelle uses wool to create dramatic landscape pictures. Reflections of the outdoors, rugged and wild, are matted into the felt, revealing mottled images which express a deep connection to her homeland. The process of simultaneously making felt whilst creating a picture, results in qualities similar to expressionist fine art painting. The felt work is embellished with hand embroidery and machine stitch, creating interesting definition, depth and detail.
‘When a viewer engages with a piece of my art work, they are sensing a little bit of my heart and soul, and a little piece of Donegal.’
Education & Awards
BA Honours – Textile Art, University of Ulster, Belfast
Postgraduate Diploma – Fine & Applied Art, University of Ulster, Belfast
Smirnoff Fashion Award Finalist 1998
Member of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Member of Donegal Designer Makers
Gallery & Studio
Michelle’s gallery and felt art workshop is located on the outskirts of Donegal Town in the North West of Ireland. Nestled in The Craft Village, Michelle is situated among fellow artists and crafts people who work with a variety of mediums including paint, glass, gold, silver, wood, paper and wool. There is also an award winning café which serves delicious freshly ground coffee, home made cakes and gourmet lunches.
The Craft Village is surrounded by rolling hills, sheep and cattle, which makes it an ideal setting for Michelle’s landscape art work. There is a charming courtyard and picnic area with free car & coach parking.