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Valérie Wartelle

Jade Springs

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
113cm x 59cm x 4cm framed

£2845
Tempo

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
82cm x 78cm x 4cm framed

£2930
Ghost Coast

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
82cm x 78cm x 4cm framed

£2930
Cedar Falls

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
71cm x 90cm x 4cm framed

£2890
Cosmic Sky

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
58cm x 68cm x 4cm framed

£1805
Sun Setting

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
58cm x 68cm x 4cm framed

£1805
Hazy Rain

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
58cm x 68cm x 4cm framed

£1805
Wet Sands

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
54cm x 54cm x 4cm framed

£1335
Off the Beaten Track

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
54cm x 54cm x 4cm framed

£1335
As the Crow Files

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
45cm x 55cm x 4cm framed

£1100
Glimpses

wet felted merino wool, silk, linen
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
72cm x 34cm x 4cm framed

£855
Gray Folds

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
49cm x 37cm x 4cm framed

£570
Jade Folds

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
36cm x 36cm x 4cm framed

£570
Casting Out

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
34cm x 35cm x 4cm framed

£570
Ochre Folds

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
47cm x 27cm x 4cm framed

£550
Hydrangea

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
25cm x 25cm x 4cm framed

£350
Blue Orchid

wet felted merino wool, silk
on silk georgette & muslin cotton base layers
framed in oak veneer wood tray
25cm x 25cm x 4cm framed

£350

Valérie is a fine artist working with fibres and textiles. Her practice is rooted in the traditional craft of wet felting and the manipulation of textiles as an expressive art form.

Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she draws on its colour, texture and form to create evocative semi-abstract landscapes rich in climate and light. These are highly textured felt pieces in which cloth is embedded and threads unravelled, as a painter with her brush.

Process has always been central to her practice, and through ongoing exploration of materials’ behaviours, Valérie has over the years perfected a unique approach to the craft. Fascinated by the organic qualities intrinsic to the medium, she works solely with natural materials such as wool, silk and linen fibres.

Brought up in France and French Polynesia, Valérie originally came to the UK to study Textile Design. Following a career as a knitwear designer, she set up her art studio in 2014 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. In 2021, she received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) award which took her to the Netherlands to work with artist and activist Claudy Jongstra. In 2022 she was invited to showcase her work at Collect, International Contemporary Craft and Design Art Fair at Somerset House, London. In 2023, Valérie’s exhibition ‘Closer Still’ was the first large scale solo show of textile works ever to be shown in the Cube Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne.