Vivienne has been making felt for over twenty five years and continues to be fascinated by the integrity and qualities of working dynamically with sheeps fleece to create 2D and 3D felted fleece. She first learnt how to make felt whilst working as an Exhibitions Officer, curating exhibitions and initiating workshops and was amazed at the possibilities of making fabric from such a luscious, richly textured and tactile primary source.
She then went on to develop her skills, learning from Master Feltmaker Sheila Smith in the North of England; Nuno felting with Polly Stirling in her studio in the Bush in Nimbin, NSW, Australia as well as with international felters in Hungary and Turkey.
Supported by travel awards from the Arts Council and British Council, she developed her own ongoing studio practice as a member of the International Feltmakers Association (IFA). Vivienne has held Open Studios annually, for over twelve years as part of Insight Open Studios,North Lincolnshire. She has exhibited in Hungary, Norway, Russia, Germany , Italy and extensively in galleries in the UK.
Vivienne mostly uses the traditional handrolling felting techniques, incorporating hand dyed silks, Nuno and resist techniques.
She is based around the River Humber in North Lincolnshire. Many years of observation of this great tidal expanse and vast flat rural stretches below an uninterrupted sky have influenced the tones and colours in her felts.