As a felt artist Sarah Roche is always thinking about how to approach the challenge of capturing the beauty of the landscape around her, working with the medium of wool. She uses only the process of wet felting, no needlework, relying on the alchemy of soap and water to bind the end piece together, and so has to take great care in how and where she lays the fibres.
Working with dyed Merino tops she creates the subtle colours she needs by mixing different shades of the wool. She then ‘paints’ with these, sometimes using only the smallest number of strands of wool to achieve the desired effect. The exacting attention to detail results in landscapes that are visceral in their nature - with scenes so true to life you often don’t realise they aren’t painted until you look more closely.