Meet Talented Felt Painter - Ali Scott

In our ongoing Meet the Maker series we get to know textile artist Ali Scott and learn what inspires her work.



How did you first get into art?

As a child I drew obsessively and painted with a passion. After leaving Art College in the late 70s I moved to Wales and continued my exploration of all things creative including textiles, spinning, weaving, sculpting and printmaking and I persevered with my drawing and painting. I was fortunate to be taught by many talented artists and makers and furthered my interest in mark making using a variety of mixed media.

Were you self taught or did you study? If so how did you go about learning your craft?

One day I happened to visit a friend’s studio. She’d just returned from a brief feltmaking workshop and with her guidance we both made a small piece of felt together. I was amazed that this mound of loose wool fibres could be magically transformed into a fabric with nothing more than warm water, soap and friction i.e. my hands! I became hooked and felting has been my abiding passion ever since. I experimented and played with various fleeces, honing my skills and felting anything I could from brooches to scarves, hats to bags but picture making was where my heart lay. Over the years I’ve developed my own techniques to achieve the outcomes I seek.



What inspires your work?

Inspiration comes from the glorious Welsh landscape that surrounds us: Mountains, farmland, trees, lakes and traditional dwelling places. I hope my work expresses a delight in colour, texture, seasonal shifts and changing light.

What do you like most about the medium you create in?

I play with fluff for a living….what’s not to love?! Wool is such an undervalued resource. It is a very tactile, accessible and forgiving medium. Although I usually begin a piece with an idea, drawing or photo, the fibres often suggest something entirely different and I’m happy to go with that. It’s great fun! I’m primarily a ‘wet felter’ and enjoy the challenges and unpredictability of this process.

Have you got a favourite piece you have created, if so why?

My favourite piece is usually the last one I’ve made and as I create a lot of work, my favourite piece is always changing…

What advice would you give someone aspiring to getting into this medium?

Give it a go! Attend a workshop and then play!

How can people keep up to date with what you are creating?

See my website: or visit Origin.