Eve Marshall

Early Work (2007)

Tell us a little bit about what you do
I use locally sourced wool to create needle felted animals, bags, cushions, and jewellery. I also work with merino wool and wet felt it into nature inspired vessels and flowers.

How did it all start?
I have always been creative, ever since I could hold a pencil I was doodling. I spent my childhood taking every art and craft class that I could and then studied Fine Arts and education at university. After graduating I worked primarily as a Pre-K (5 year olds) teacher in America. As a hobby I would sell and exhibit my watercolour paintings and large textile canvases. I bought a needle felting kit about 7 years ago online and loved needle felting the wool on to my canvases. I moved back to the UK two years ago and started my business in 2010 working full-time as a craftsperson and crafts teacher. I have taught in schools and galleries all over Lincolnshire and sell my crafts online, through shows and at local shops. I have been inspired by nature and animals my whole life and enjoy creating them in whichever craft that I make.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy using locally sourced materials, talking with farmers and friends about their sheep and including them in my classes and crafts. I love the aspect of taking fluff and turning into something amazing. Making something out of nothing. Many of the people that I get the fleeces from have loved the fact that their fleeces are going to be used. Fleeces are not worth anything at the moment in England which means some of the people were paying mills to take them or burning the fleeces.

Eve-Marshall-peacockWhat motivates you? What inspires you?
I am inspired by animals, flowers and nature. I love to use the natural colours that I see in flowers to create my colourways for beads and vessels. I try and make some of my animals as realistic as possible by looking at various photos of wildlife so they can look real from every angle.

What frustrates you?
Nothing frustrates me. Felting is a very stress-relieving and any frustrations I have I release during the needle felting process.

How and where do you sell your creations?
I sell my creations at guild events, online, and at galleries and shops.

How do you promote your work?
Through my classes, shows, and people talking about me.

Any plans for expanding the business?
In 2013 I plan to spend more time creating stock and less time doing fairs. Now that I have been in business for more than 3 years I have found the fairs that I like and will continue to participate in those. I have also found many shops that are selling my creations. Keeping up with stock demands is my goal for this year.

EMarshallNeedleFeltedWolfWhat is the most important thing on your wish-list for your craft?
I would love to have studio space somewhere.

Any advise you would like to give upcoming makers of your particular craft?
Be inspired. Enjoy the process and don’t worry too much about the outcome/product.

If you wanted to expand your set of skills or learn a new craft what would it be?
I would love to learn more about carding wool. I have read a lot about it online and in various blogs and I am interested in learning more about it. I hand card wool a bit now but I would love to learn how to do it on a drum carder.

Tell us about any craft events, exhibitions etc your are doing in the next 12 months.
This year I will be selling and doing workshops at the Country Living Fair in London this March. I will be having a stand at most of the guild events and at Doddington Hall.

Do you sell through any retail outlets?
I currently sell at Art in Heart Gallery in Peterborough, Pickwick Craft & Antique Centre and the Chocolate Shop in Folkingham, Revial Lincolnshire and Cowshed Creatives in Lincoln, Buttercross House in Oakham and at Things British in London.

Please give your contact details and website etc.

Phone: 07847339344
web: www.EveMarshall.co.uk
email: info@evemarshall.co.uk

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