FELT is a book featuring fifty needlefelt cactuses and succulents by me, textile artist Elise Goard.
This is an exclusive charity art book - all profits will go to the charity Sands.
You can pre-order this book as a Reward for pledging £10 (in the UK, or £15 international). Please ensure you press the correct button and leave your postal address. The book will go into production from September and will be available soon after.
What is in the book?
The book will include photographs and names of 50 different hand needlefelted cactuses and succulents made during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020.
It will be a small, full colour, hand-held book bursting with colours and textures of these amazing plants. Enjoy discovering the different species yourself, or it would make a lovely gift for a plant lover.
Why not buy one as a birthday present or a stocking filler for Christmas along with a little cactus or succulent to care for?
What is Sands?
The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.
Sands is a charity that is very close to our hearts as on 6th July eight years ago we lost our little boy Elliott. He was at 20 weeks gestation and doing really well until I caught a very rare virus called Serratia Marcescens. It was our first pregnancy and sadly we were both very poorly (septic shock and pneumonia in the end) and we lost little Elliott.
Sands provided us with a room at Southmead Hospital where we were able to give birth, recover and start to grieve in our own time with no pressure to leave. Their team was a fantastic bubble of love. Their aftercare and support was amazing.
It is not all sad; I try to raise awareness of this rare virus because it is so unheard of, in fact it can live healthily in young children but is very dangerous to pregnant women. What doesn’t break you makes you stronger and the past forms your present and future.
This charity does such important work for so many families. Please help to support this work by pledging £10 to pre-order the book.
Why Cactuses and Succulents?
Earlier this year I was planning creative workshops with Tina of LoobyLou Yarns and her daughter Hayley, who owns Mint Plants. The evening class was going to bring together both shops: wool and plants!
I was busy making samples of the cactuses when we went into lockdown. Thinking we would only be in self-isolation for 2 weeks I thought I would make one a night… 50 cactuses and succulents later I now have enough for an exhibition and a book!
The original workshops were due to take place during Bristol's Good Grief Week (11-17 May), an event designed to help people talk, think and learn about grief, and I was aiming to raise money for Sands.
So instead, please support Felt - an art book to keep, treasure and maybe even inspire people to develop or try a brilliant and very rewarding craft.
A Bit About Me
I am a mother of two fabulously cheeky and adventurous little Es (aged 3 and 5) and I have not looked back. As one door has closed another has been flung open and I am still finding creative doors opening and projects starting with super creative people. Life is good.
I was a primary school teacher for 12 years but in May 2019 I opened Oodles Childcare and also developed Oodle Doodle Art, originally formed in 2006. Before teaching I owned a collective workshop and gallery on park street Bristol (Leeky Gallery) where I collaborated with some of Bristol’s finest Graffiti artists.
I am a textile artist by trade - I qualified from Loughborough University in 1999 in Multi Media Textile Design and my current specialism is fibre arts but I love all forms of textiles, wool, ceramics, wicker and woodwork and I run classes in them all as well as story inspired craft classes for under 5s.
Thank you for your time, your kindness and support and I hope the book brings you joy.
The original felt cactuses and succulents will be on sale after they have been exhibited, with a proportion of sales will going to Sands. To see them or any of the other work I do, visit my instagram or facebook or contact me on email@example.com.
Thanks also for the help, encouragement and support of my family and friends.
The book will be published by the brilliant Alice Sage, of indie press Wide Open Sea www.wideopensea.co.uk.
Thanks to the advice and guidance and for the lend of the SLR to Vicky Bamber of www.lookingglassphotography.co.uk.
Thanks to Hayley from www.mintplants.co.uk and Tina from www.loobylouyarns.co.uk for the creative inspiration and collaborative idea in the first place.
Thanks to Eddie for endless nights of bright lights, listening to my needle felting away and for our house being taken over by mini art creations.