Ruth Holden has been making things from material since she was a child. About twenty years ago, this grew into her crafting rag rugs, and more recently working with fleece to create her colourful creations. The coming together of the wool fibres to make a whole new ‘thing’ which has a whole new life ahead of it is something which Ruth finds really exciting, a continual transformation.
The process is labour intensive and slow; she begins with the dirty raw fleece, washing it, carding, spinning and mixing with dyed fibres. Nevertheless, there is satisfaction in the physical nature of the early stages of the work, which develops into complete absorption when working with the threads she knows so well, her use of colour and texture allow her work to feel quite painterly.