About June

photo of June Hope by Rick Eaves - 'The Peacock Dress' - nuno felted, silk and alpaca seamless tabbard

Creative expression has been part of June’s life since childhood; colour and texture always attracting her.  Since playing with fabrics as a small child at the feet of her dressmaker mother, June has been a textile junkie. Still she simply can’t pass by fabrics without touching!  

In 2007 June made a seachange to Tasmania which provided her with the opportunity to explore the magic of wet felting which she found brings together many of the mediums she’d  previously worked in.

Felting is a sustainable, ancient and elementary craft that pre-dates any other method of making fabric.  It is this simplity; something primal, tactile and organic that June finds so appealing - like a connection to something very ancient.

To work in such a simple medium and produce contemporary, relevant, exciting and beautiful works touches a simplicity which seems mostly lost in the high tech world we live in.  And the meditative process of felting brings a great sense of serenity and wellbeing.

'I'm always surprised and excited by what seems like magic when the alchemy of the felting process produces something so distinctively different than the sum of the parts in what is surely a serendipitous act.  The works really do take on a life of their own and speak their own language.

Fleece, fabrics and fibres are the mediums for me to create art for the body and soul. It is my hope that my efforts may bring both inspiration and joy'.

June has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes and her work can be found in galleries and exhibitions around Tasmania, Australia.