One of the reasons I enjoy photography is, it gives me many opportunities to meet interesting and talented people such as artists and craftsmen (and women) and to photograph them in their environment. In August 2010 while doing photos in Milport on the island of Cumbrae at the Sail and Oar Festival, I first met Laryna , a creative textile artist who has been working with natural fibres for many years. She is passionate about needle felting and makes beautiful colourful small creatures such as fairies. She uses sheep’s wool and silk. She sells her creations through the internet on the Craft Scotland website. She is also running needle felt/wet felt workshops in Galgael, a charity based in Ibrox, Glasgow and in the Albany Center in the woodland area of Glasgow.
Laryna likes creating objects such as scarfs, berets, hats, leaves, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, but also magic creatures such as dwarfs, mermaids, fairies. Living on the outskirt of Glasgow since 2007 she finds inspiration in the beautiful Scottish countryside.
We first decided this summer to do photographs in a natural environment that would suit her craft nicely. This autumn in her house/studio where she runs felt workshops for adult and children and teaches meditation.