Sue Gardiner is a felt artist from Ashill, Devon. She makes exquisite hand felted birds carefully set on beautiful pieces of wood.
Sue was brought up on a farm in Devon. She studied Wildlife Illustration at Dyfed College of Art in Carmarthen, Wales. Initially painting wild flower and insect illustrations in watercolour, but now enjoying making life size needle felted native birds.
'Needle felting begins with a small bundle of carded wool and is gradually formed into a basic bird shape using a barbed needle, which tangle the wool fibres together as you jab the needle in repeatedly, becoming firmer and more condensed. Further layers are added to refine the shape and add the colours to create a life like representation. It is a very slow ,but pleasing process!'