Lyn JenkinsTextile Designer
About Lyn Jenkins
Lyn Jenkins has been working in textiles for over 40 years, since gaining a Fine Art degree at Newcastle University specialising in Printed Textiles. She has focused on feltmaking since 1985.
Over this time , worldwide, boundaries have been crossed and limits extended in a craft that had very ancient and traditional beginnings .As a member of the International Feltmakers Association throughout this time, she has had access to these influences , but has always been particularly interested in the functional aspects of felt, producing mostly wearable fashion accessories.
Felt is produced by the building up of layers of primarily wool fibres, which are wetted and agitated with soap to create a stable fabric which can then be manipulated to create a flat or 3D shape.
The excitement of transforming fibre into a stable fabric, and the infinite and varied ways of doing so never ceases to fulfil and provoke her. Expressing this joy with colour whether it is using a delicate palette or vibrant one is one of her prime concerns. From a minimal concept , the fibres create their own magic and shape.
Lyn has enjoyed communicating and sharing this knowledge through teaching at B.Tec level ,Secondary and as an artist in residence at colleges and schools in Norfolk and Lincolnshire . During this time she has consistently exhibited her work both abroad in Russia and Scandinavia and nationally.
Lyn has been a member of C.C.N since 1989 and since 2000 has been a member of Art on the Map , opening her studio to the public each successive year and running feltmaking courses for beginners and intermediate students 3-4 times a year in her studio.