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The wonders of wool

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By Fiona Reid
The wonders of wool

IT’S a busy year for Langholm mixed media artist Ann Smith whose work is set to feature in exhibitions across the region and further afield.

She is currently showing “The Wonders of Wool” at The Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright, until Sunday.
It is devoted to her wool felt work, which is created using the wet and needle felting techniques. She mainly uses dyed merino wool fibres, wool locks, tussah silk, angelina fibres, silk noils and wool nepps to create her work. Once the fibres have been felted, further detail is added by hand and machine stitching.
This is her sixth solo show at The Tolbooth.
Her next exhibition is in her native Perthshire where she will be displaying a mixture of paintings and wool felt work along with another 30 artists and makers at the “In the Garden with Friends” exhibition at The Bield.
Later on in the summer she will also be exhibiting work at the Cafe Gallery in Gracefield, Dumfries for the first time.
Meanwhile, Ann currently has oil paintings at Cut the Mustard Gallery in Langholm and also at The Gallery Melrose, as well as wool felt artwork at The Art Corner Gallery and Blue Moon, both in Langholm. She also has work on show in Angus.
She works from her studio in Langholm, creating artworks that are colourful and full of texture. Her current work features land and seascapes and floral studies and she is inspired by her surrounding scenery in Dumfries and Galloway.