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ALISON SPAVEN,  YORK ARTIST


creating as

The Crafty Wytch

ABOUT ME

BIO

Art has been a lifelong love, ever since those I made my first marks with a crayon, but it wasn't until I discovered needle felting eight years ago that I finally realised what other artists meant by "passion".  


Working with wool is so incredibly satisfying - it is the ultimate renewable, a natural fibre that  exists because of animal welfare needs. It is flexible, takes colour like a dream and is SO forgiving. Since I discovered a superb Scottish sheep farmer and wool processor, I can now say with pride that I use British wool and am supporting  British farmers.


On a personal note, I live in a small village outside York called Stillingfleet, with a menagerie of dogs, cats and even a hen - as well as a husband and two adult children.  I am also the owner of a small textile art gallery in the neighbouring village of Naburn, where I exhibit and sell both my own work and that made by other members of York Textile Artists, an association of which I am a founder member 

WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUE

The animal subjects I create refuse to stay in their boxes! Just like the hare opposite (sold) they insist their personalities and character can't be confined within the lines. This semi 3d quality comes from my experience with ceramics and sculpture - my pictures have become my first love, but before them I created in the round and ever since then texture and depth have made their home in every piece I make.

The picture I won the Association of Animal Artists Chairman's Choice Award for was the first to really emphasise this and it was apparently the deciding factor for the win.

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March 15, 2018

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February 14, 2018

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January 15, 2018

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