Blessed are the weird people, the poets and misfits, the artists & writers , the music makers, dreamers and outsiders for they force us to see the world differently.
Im Charlotte Ashley a textile artist and farmer working from the Eden valley, Cumbria. Entirely self-taught i combine my two loves, farming and art by creating images using home grown and hand processed wool from our flock of Lleyn sheep.
I have been farming along side my husband Roy for 10 years and needle felting for 8 of those, there is something poetic about making use and processing the materials grown in the fields around you and eventually creating pictures from something that would have otherwise been a waste product.
my tag line is from the field up to the frame.
While i mainly work to commission, I also take great pleasure in allowing my creative wings to spread when i get the chance and love exploring the human form and a slightly more abstract view.
My location greatly influences my subject matter, living on a farm I take inspiration from the shapes and colours in the stunning scenery around me.
I have a love of the entire process from the raw fleece up to the finished product, the technique I use is needle felting where images are created with a small barbed needle that entangles two layers of fibre together creating a bond.
I have always been drawn to wool by its tactile forgiving nature and flexibility as an artistic medium, it gives a sense of depth and a texture paint and ink cant achieve.