Valérie Wartelle – a contemporary fibre artist

Valérie Wartelle

Valérie Wartelle is a contemporary fibre artist whose main fascination lies within the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form.

Valérie WartelleTaking the rural environment as her inspiration, she explores long-term interests of texture, colour, layering and process to create contemplative and ethereal wall hung artworks.

Valérie Wartelle LangeurValérie’s primary practice is wet felting; a traditional craft technique using wool tops, hot water, soapsuds and friction to interlock the fibres together.

Valérie Wartelle HeatheryThe compositions are built in layers in which cloth is embedded, prints disguised, and threads unravelled as a painter with her brush.

Valérie Wartelle stoleThe analogy with painting is significant throughout, making the viewing inquisitive, and challenging people’s perception.

Valérie Wartelle stoleBrought up in France and French Polynesia, Valérie originally came to the UK to study textile design. Drawing on this expertise and inspired by her own artwork, it naturally followed for her to develop a collection of luxury stoles, digitally printed on superfine wool & cashmere blend.

Valérie WartelleIn 2015, Valérie was awarded the Embroidery Magazine’s Best Emerging Textile Artist at SIT Select Showcase, as well as Best Picture in Show at the Great North Art Show.

Valérie Wartelle Red Sky at NightValérie works and lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and we are delighted to showcase her collection for our Textile Exhibition, FIBRE.

Valérie Wartelle

Valerie can be found on Instagram so head over there and follow her but call in to see her incredible work soon … the exhibition finishes later this month! x

Valérie Wartelle Salt Marsh stole