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ART Amreett Artist meet ithset the WEST COAST REVIEW | 29 This month The Review meets Benderloch’s Heidi Holland of Celtic Felt and Frames. Look for her work on her website celticfelt.co.uk or on Facebook. What is your background? ‘Originally from Nottinghamshire, I moved to Argyll in 2010 to live closer to my mum. Having spent a lot of my childhood in Argyll, it actually felt like coming home. As well as the business, I am kept busy by my eight-year -old son, dogs, horses and a cat. You could say life is never dull! Previously I worked in the criminal justice sector, ambulance service and in recruitment, all of which gave me valuable experience that I still use. I have always had an interest in crafting, having previously made jewellery and cards. I stepped away from the jewellery a couple of years ago when I felt it was time to try something new. I started making cards again and small paper cut designs, and during this time I discovered the joys of felting.’ Tell us how you came to develop your signature felt cut-outs. ‘One day, having made some Heidi Holland coloured felts that were laying on the table to dry, I moved techniques to fi nish some cards I was making. Having cut out a word from the card and discarded the outer “scrap” onto the side I glanced across to see it had landed on my felts and was framing the fabrics beautifully. I asked for opinions from friends and family and purchased a couple of frames for some trial sales and they fl ew out the door. This was in 2015 and since then I have developed and continued to grow until, in April 2016 I was made redundant from my full time job and used the opportunity to “go solo”. Without a doubt the most popular designs are the stags, Highland cows and Scotland maps. Often personalised for that fi nishing touch, one thing I specialise in is making your artwork unique. This has included family trees and photo memorials which have been incorporated into the overall style.’ What inspires your work? ‘My inspiration comes from so many different things, but Argyll as a whole is the most amazing inspiration. The colours and textures through to the wildlife and people. This is particularly relevant when I’m felting a piece of fabric to go behind a particular cut. I also like to use additions, including locally-reared Jacob sheep’s wool from Kintaline Farm in Benderloch. The tweeds used are also inspired by Scottish landscapes, none more so than the fabulous Harris tweeds.’


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