Gathered Hue

Lou Jackson

“Textile art inspired by the colour and beauty in nature”

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  • Gleaming Eucalyptus Eco Print Pure Silk Scarf

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  • Falling Oak Leaves Eco Print Pure Silk Scarf

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  • Rose Leaf Ecoprint and Nettle Dye Pure Silk Scarf

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  • Rose Leaf Ecoprint Naturally Dyed Pure Silk Scarf

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  • Rose Leaf Ecoprint Naturally Dyed Coral Pure Silk Scarf

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About Gathered Hue

Gathered Hue

Tactile and distinctive Fibre Art with a connection to the natural world

I’m Lou, a felt-maker and eco printer captivated by the colour and beauty to be found in nature, and drawn to seedheads, leaves and birds in particular.

I’ve loved creating from an early age and have sewn, knitted, painted or thrown pots at various times alongside the rest of life. Just over ten years ago I discovered felt making at a one-day class and immediately knew I’d found something special. Forming the felt is such a brilliant partnership between the maker and the natural fibres, which often seem to have a mind and will of their own and won’t be rushed into anything. It’s a total antidote to the haste we can experience in our lives moving from one thing to the next without having time to connect to the moment we are in, and I become completely lost in the slow process of coaxing the fibres together into the finished design. I use a wet felting technique for most of my work involving hot, soapy water and a lot of energy, during which I tend to make a fair bit of mess on the floor. (Sometimes a few days later I see I’ve also added soapy splashes to the windows.) Although I always have a plan, it’s still an adventure and a joy to be with each piece and see its character emerging, the felt itself often seems to have some say in deciding a little of what it would like to be!

Handmade felt has such a gorgeous, rich texture, and there are endless opportunities to combine natural fibres and shades and shape them into beautiful, tactile pieces, all totally unique. I also use free motion machine embroidery to add a further design or accentuate the shape and colour of the piece which really brings it to life. To create my birds, I use a fine, barbed felting needle with dry wool fibres, much less messy than wet-felting but there’s a real need to concentrate hard to avoid stabbing my fingers!

I’m increasingly aware of the sense of well-being which can be found in being outside, connected with nature and the seasonal shifts throughout the year. We can so easily lose sight of the beauty around us in the busyness of life and increasingly I’m developing pieces which link with the natural world. I completed an ecoprinting course in 2016 and am continually developing new ideas for combining the beautiful leaf prints possible using this wonderful technique with natural dyes.

I’m happiest if I can be bundling yet more gathered leaves into cloth and later unwrapping the surprise inside but also love being in the woods looking up through the trees as sunlight filters down through the leaves, as well as time spent in our own garden. Our scatty but affectionate rescue cats Leo and Monty keep me company while I create. When I’m not felting or eco-printing I will usually be in the garden drinking coffee and watching the visiting birds.

You can find out a little more about what inspires me and what I'm up to on Instagram. There are also some glimpses into the making of some of the dyes and scarves on my blog. Do come and say hello!

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