endy Bailye is an award winning Australian contemporary felt artisan and designer. Working with an eclectic mix of wool fibers, fabrics, silks, threads and recycled materials, Wendy produces fibre rich artworks and wearables.Each piece tells a story. Her main love is of experimental surface texture and design incorporating different fabrics and fibres to make an interesting whole. She produces original, handfelted textile artworks - home wares, wall art and wearables.The making of handmade wool felt is an ancient technique that has developed into a very advanced contemporary art form including the use of a wide variety of modern materials in the process. Feltmaking is a process of transformation, combining fabrics and fibres with great alchemy into a pleasing finished product.
aving been involved in felt making for 20 years , Wendy runs a vibrant felt art studio, The Felt Studio, from her home in the Samford Valley, in Brisbane , Australia. Here she runs workshops as well as working on commissions and refining her personal felt making practice. Wendy teaches her skill nationally and internationally has been Featured Artist with Expertise Events travelling with the Craft and Quilt Fairs to each state in Australia. She is always refining her skills learning from many other talented artists and students who so generously share their wealth of knowledge with her. She has been assistant editor and then co-editor of Australian Felt Magazine. She writes Textile related articles for many art/craft related magazines and is about to be published in an international feltmaking book The Worldwide Colours of Felt
having had a variety of articles published in Australian and Overseas publications.
elting provides Wendy with a creative outlet that is both unique and full of challenge. It is always the process that inspires her and fires her imagination; the finished product is often far from her thoughts. Such a versatile medium that has so many practical applications-the possibilities are never ending. It is this that intrigues her most about felt. Wendy is inspired from within her inner landscape in combination with the never ending inspiration of colours, textures and patterns in the outer world.
endy enjoys the design freedom that felt making gives her. Her designs are vibrant and colourful and each piece is a unique creation. The wools and silks she uses are only top quality guaranteeing a piece of art to wear that will stand the test of time. This combined with her techniques that have been developed over 20 years, means that the pieces are of heirloom quality. Enjoy!
Wendy would like to acknowledge her felting teachers over the years, her friend Gabrielle who first introduced Wendy to the wonderful world of felt. A spinning class and a cape class with Helen Stumkat many moons ago , The Matrix with Alexander Pilin, wonderful vests and textures with Polly and Myfanwy Stirling and SatchikoKotaka, Hats(and so much more) with Judit Pocs, Sculpture with Beth Beede , Bags with Rachel Meek and felted sculpture with Anita Larkin .Hosting workshops with International Tutors from her home studio has given Wendy access to a wonderful professional skill base. Vilte, Pam de Groot, Jorie Johnson, Anna Gunnarsdottir,Lisa Klakulak, Myfanwy Stirling and Liz Clay all have visited and stayed at the Studio to teach providing a rich tapestry of working styles . All these people and more have influenced her work and life. Thanks also to all of the people she has " played" with in the textile world and felting convergences over the last 20 years-she has had so much fun! I think you will agree she has the best job!