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About Me

I was born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1969 and grew up on a farm 10 miles west of the town till I was five, then we moved into the nearby village for me to attend the primary school there.

When I left Castle Douglas High School in 1986, I followed my dream of working first with racehorses and then Arabian horses, many of which I drew and painted. My love of Arab horses took me on two wonderful trips: in 1994 to the United States - Arizona and California - and the following year across Europe to Poland. My interest in photography grew from these journeys and has become a major part of how I record the development of the wildlife and plants in my garden, of the local landscapes, and the progress of my own craft work.

I use my photographs not only to inspire my felted pictures but also to create paintings. My first is watercolours, though I now also work with gouache and acrylic inks to create my abstract landscapes, and I also enjoy experimenting with textures within the paintings.

Kerry Haining

 

I started needle-felting in August 2014 after purchasing a kit, and that set the ball rolling from the new hobby to my first picture framed that autumn to the first sale the following March, just a week after I put a few of my smaller pictures in a friend's shop in Castle Douglas. The pictures have developed - and I hope, improved!- since my first attempts at making landscapes using sheep wool, silk and other fibres, and I love the whole process from the planning of the picture itself to its completion, and then framing. I now also hold needle-felting workshops and enjoy commissions. All of my work is original art; I don't make prints so each piece is unique, even the cards.

I live near Lockerbie with my husband, Paul, and we share our lives with horses, dogs, a cat, and a wealth of wildlife in the garden including stock doves, great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays, frogs, toads, badgers, and red squirrels. They have a Facebook page all of their own and you can follow them and their antics here.

 

I am a member of the Dumfries & Galloway Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, the Dumfries & District Branch Embroiderers' Guild, Craft Scotland, the PA Pop Up Artists' Collective, and the International Feltmakers Association

 


     Woodland Edge, above, can be seen in this gallery.