Valerie Wartelle

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Valérie is a Fibre artist from West Yorkshire, who uses wet felting as her primary technique to create unique and contemplative wall-hung artworks.
Valérie’s main fascination lies within the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form. Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she explores long-term interests of texture, colour, layering and process to create contemporary and ethereal artworks. These are highly textured felt pieces in which cloth is embedded and threads unravelled as a painter with its brush.
Brought up in France and French Polynesia, Valérie originally came to the UK to study textile design. After a period working in the textile industry and in local government, she is now a practicing artist working and living in West Yorkshire. In 2015, she was awarded the Embroidery Magazine’s Best Emerging Textile Artist at SIT Select Showcase, as well as Best Picture in Show at the Great North Art Show in Ripon.