BA [Hons] Constructed Textiles
- 1993-96 London College of Fashion, part time Millinery
- 1989-93 BA [Hons] Constructed Textiles, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham
- 1988-89 Reigate School of Art and Design, Arts Foundation
- 1974-77 History of Art Diploma, Richmond
- 1971-74 Ceramics Cert.Ed., Battersea College, London University
Participated nationally & internationally since 1993, in France, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and as Associate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Gallery, London & other venues in the UK
Artist in Residency Lenzen, Germany & Copenhagen, Denmark [one week each]
Including four years running at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London two Saturdays per year show in the gallery
2004 – present Show & tell talks: ‘Me & my Hats’ since 2005
- Following a ppt presentation of ‘Afghan Village Women and their Embroidery’ after which group members can purchase an 8x8cm hand-embroidered Afghan tile, I offer a workshop the following day when members can incorporate their tile into a new piece of work. Visit: www.guldusi.com.
Membership and Positions
- 1993 – 2010 Society of Designer Craftsmen LSDC & ASDC
- 1997 – 2015 Secretary of Mole Valley District Council Arts Forum
- 1997 – 2002 Exhibition Officer, IFA, organising international touring exhibition
- 1999 – 2005 Steering Group & District Co-ordinator, Surrey Artists Open Studio
- 2002 – 2009 Editor of ‘Felt Matters’ [ex Echoes], quarterly journal of the IFA
- 2009 – UK organiser promoting www.guldusi.com, Afghan embroidery
- 2005 Arts Council grant for September ETN conference lecture in Izmir, Turkey
- 2000 South East Arts travel grant for September ETN conference in Belgium
Fabulous Felt Hats, Lark Books; Sperimentazioni Tessili, Celid ISBN9788876617935;
Nemezmüveszet [Felt Art] M.Nagy & I. Vidak ISBN9632183886 Hungary
I am fascinated to find that I can create a fabric from woollen fibres without the use of any special tools, to find a link between the tactile qualities of draping clay and felt and to create a 3D object which has an instant effect on the wearer. All my wearables are hand crafted, one-off and as such a very personal statement – hats, waistcoats or scarves.
Ancient crafts like feltmaking need to be appreciated by a wider audience and I offered talks, demos & workshops to children & adults; school and individual projects catered to time available. Alas, I am now semi-retired and prefer to give talks, including ‘show & tell’ talks only.