My name is Kim Winter and I’m a textile artist specialising in wet felting and indigo dyeing, though I also experiment with other natural dyes and ecoprinting.
I like to surprise people with the versatility of these materials – transforming a mass of fluffy sheep’s fleece into a vessel that is strong yet soft and immensely tactile, or showing the range of blues that can come from a single indigo vat.
I’m inspired by forms and textures from the natural world – the natural geometry of a sea urchin, the spiral of an unfolding fern. I often incorporate stones or shells into my work to contrast their hard textures with the softness of felt, while vegetation and rusty objects are endless sources of experimentation for dyeing and ecoprinting.
Although I was quite a keen knitter in my teens and twenties, I came to textiles rather late. With a background in science and journalism, I didn’t go to art college, so I have no formal training in textiles. It was when I started my own business in 2010 that I had more time and I signed up for evening classes in creative and experimental textiles at Morley College in London. It refired my enthusiasm for colour and texture, and I started this blog to chart my exploration of this exciting world. I called it Flextiles, because my experiments at the time included including plastic and wire as well as fabric and yarn.
I’ve since taken workshops with hugely talented specialists, including:
You can see some of the items I make on the Gallery page. I sometimes sell at markets and exhibitions around London – you can see the dates in the right-hand column. I also have an online Etsy shop, where I sell my upcycled shibori scarves.
In my day job I’m a freelance editor – I specialise in building WordPress websites for makers, sole traders or small community groups so that they can update them themselves.
I hope you enjoy my blog. Do leave a comment on anything that interests you, or you can email me on email@example.com.