Ilse Seidel – Fibre Artist
Born and bred in Germany, I came to New Zealand in 1998. While working as multimedia designer in the IT industry in my former life, I was always passionate about colour and fibre and inspired by the New Zealand environment I developed my own style as fibre artist and feltmaker – a combination of European tradition set free by the spirit of a young country. Nature is my inspiration.
I am painting on wool and with wool and I love to create colourful work. I am working mainly with NZ merino wool, which I mostly dye myself. I am using European non toxic acid dyes (oeco-tex standard-100).
2007 I received the 1st Entrant Award of the Creative Fibre Northland Exhibition.
My true passion is to create quirky and unusual fibre art and I love to combine fibre with different materials in a surprising way.
Recently I extended my range to mixed-media work and I am happily playing with fluid acrylics and alcohol inks.