Angela Knapp ASGFA

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My name is Angela Knapp, I am a Textile Artist based in South Somerset.  I am self-taught and have developed my techniques over the past 6 years.

I work in a converted Cowshed at home, surrounded by the Somerset countryside and near the Somerset Levels and their numerous nature reserves.

My textile art combines my love of birds, painting and stitch.  I painted when I was younger, but life got in the way of any creativity for a time.  After 20 years in the NHS and a move to Somerset in 2008 I discovered the world of art quilts.  I realised I could combine my newly found love of fabrics with my longstanding need to create.

I absolutely love the process of creating these pictures, the story of each bird draws me in and consumes me for a time.  The journey is continuous as each piece teaches me something new or gives me inspiration for the next project.

I’m inspired by the world of birds, the stories of their lives and what these stories can teach us.  So many birds are under threat due to the increasing human impact on the planet.  I will sadly never run out of threatened birds to base stories and pictures on.  Other pieces are created just to celebrate the sheer beauty within the bird world.

My most recent works have been based around nature books I have read; these are totally inspiring and a great place to start research.  I use sketch books to help me discover the best way to create each bird and aim to incorporate a story in the background to draw the viewer in and ask questions.