Felted Fibre Art plus
'Flooded Trees' - painting by Saga Sabin
"American Falls" - painting by Saga Sabin
"Chisholm's Mill" - painting by Saga Sabin
Originally from England, Saga achieved a Medical degree from University of Sheffield and Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists, London University. She is now a retired Psychiatrist and Medical columnist.
Saga immigrated to Alberta in 1975 and moved to Ontario in 2001 where she and her husband have a 75 acre farm and raise sheep and llamas.
Saga always enjoyed drawing and painting. She completed Art courses and workshops through Loyalist College, University of Alberta Extension, art teachers Jolyn Greive (life drawing) and Marilyn Coulter (landscapes). A felting course with Marion Casson, inspired Saga to try felted fibre art.
Saga has successfully participated in many juried shows through: Quinte Arts Council,
Belleville Art Association, Tweed & Area Studio Tour, Kingston,
Stirling, Madoc and Tyendinaga, and various solo and group exhibitions.
She is former president of Belleville Art Association, now Treasurer.
Saga's work can be found across Canada and in England, France and USA.
Having taken a felting course with Marion Casson, I applied it to using exotic fibres such as llama, merino and cashmere.
I combine needle felting (dry felting) to the wet felted piece. The effect is a very soft texture which is best kept under glass and framed as it is easier to keep clean
and dust free. At first glance, some people think they are pastel drawings. My subject matter is landscapes, animals (such as sheep and llamas), flowers and abstracts.
I use the natural fibre colours as much as possible, but use commercial dyes for the brights, as they are fade resistant.
I believe that my work is quite unique in its use of exotic fibre rather than simple sheep wool, and the artistic method I use, which is derived from my painting background.
I try to keep my work "loose" and impressionist. I sometimes add other materials to the felting process to add interest, such as handspun "wool", embroidery thread.
- Saga Sabin