Sheila Jordan is a fibre artist working mainly in felt, she finds that the ancient art of felt making offers respite in the fast-moving virtual world of technology we inhabit today. It provides the opportunity to slow down and work in a very tactile way, laying down fibres, working with her hands and simple tools to create pieces that communicate in an instinctive way, with the emphasis on colour and visual harmony. Although she works mainly in felt she sometimes combines it with other materials such as willow for her work Formation which was part of the Filament Latitudes Exhibition in 2011 and currently with copper and silver for her work on The Mill Project.
Her work is a journey of experimentation and expression, responding to the fragility and timelessness of our landscape and the human form. She is interested in the delicate balance in nature, the colour and patterns found in the everyday landscape; the passage of time and what we leave behind.
Exhibitions and Relevant Experience
2012 Surface Tension Exhibition at Bridge House Dungarvan
2012 Filament Group Show at Knitting and Stitching Show RDS Dublin
2012 DLR Fusion Festival Fabric of Life family workshops with Lucinda Jacob
2012 RDS National Craft Competition 1st prize felting
2011/12 Seascapes Selected Crafts Council of Ireland Exhibition
2011 Filament Group Show at Knitting and Stitching Show RDS Dublin
2011 Latitudes Exhibition with Filament Fibre Artists at Airfield
2010 Artist in action at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show (invited)
2010 Filament Group Show at Knitting and Stitching Show RDS Dublin
2010 RDS National Craft Competition 2nd prize felting
2010 Cork Textiles Network selected exhibition Movement & Repetition at Stroud International Textiles Festival, UK.
2010 Filament Group Show Uncommon Threads, Tralee and Castle Espie
2009 Artist in action at Dublin & Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show (invited)
2009 Filament Group Show at Knitting and Stitching Show RDS Dublin
2009 RDS National Craft competition Exhibition—Dublin
2009 Cork Textile Network Exhibition – St Finbarre’ s Cathedral Cork
2008 Group Exhibition – Watergate Theatre Kilkenny
2008 Figure Drawing Group Show – Watergate Theatre Kilkenny
2007 Group Exhibition – Kilkenny Arts Week
2007 Stitch Dublin Exhibition – Knitting and Stitching Show RDS Dublin
Sheila is on the Education Panel of the Crafts Council of Ireland and has delivered the CRAFTed programme to a number of primary schools in the Carlow/Kilkenny area