Gemma Bee

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A fascination with the rich variety of the natural world provides an endless supply of inspiration for her work. 

A degree in printed textiles involved lots of drawing and provided a great foundation for creating animals with shape and form. After studying an animal's skeleton and anatomy, a piece often begins by 'sketching' the 3d shapes onto a wire armature. 

Each sculpture takes many hours to create, slowly matting together fibres by continuously jabbing wool fleece with a barbed needle. The characteristics of fleece from different sheep breeds, Alpaca and other animal fibre provide different textures to describe the animal being made. There are no shortcuts to the process, no patterns, Often the wool decides what it wants to be and gives each animal a different character and personality. The nature of the materials and the process makes each piece truly unique. 

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