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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 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 Embroiderers' Guild, the PA Pop Up Artists' Collective, and the International Feltmakers Association (my IFA gallery is here). 

 


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