Rae’s experiments in felt making explore different techniques and textural directions. Using various processes, she creates artworks, vessels and sculptures that attempt draw the viewer in to closely examine and explore the finer details of each piece.
“The earth is a constant reminder to me of the mysteries of our existence. It has witnessed aeons of change and speaks eloquently through its rocks and countless formations. Landscapes are recurring themes in my artworks, the textures and formations of rocks and vegetation are my main influences. I am intrigued by the irony of using the soft mediums of silk, fine fibres and felt to depict these hard forms.
The construction of felt is, in many ways, similar to some natural geological processes. Friction, moisture, heat and pressure work together to meld fibres and create felt. The materials can be guided through the process – but never dictated – the outcome is always something new and often surprising.”
Artworks include natural products such as fine merino wool, alpaca, mohair and hand dyed silk and the techniques include shibori, geode and nuno felting.