Maura Fox comes from a family of artists and has been creating things with her hands since she was a young child. She has fallen in love with the amazing textures and colors that result from combining 100% hand-dyed merino wools and silks using the “nuno” felting process – a Japanese felting technique that incorporates silk fabrics and wet felting to create durable textiles. She has studied wet felting under Thomas Horst, international felt designer of Horst Couture and Sharon Milliner of Mt. Washington, Kentucky. She loves to talk to people about her passion for this infrequently viewed and poorly understood fiber medium. She hopes to increase public knowledge and understanding of the art form of felting through her work, her discussions, her exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations. Maura exhibits her art locally at the CCA Gallery in Carmel in the Arts and Design District and
art festivals and shows throughout the year. She has exhibited in the Plainfield Arts Gala since it’s inception and is honored to be the Signature Artist for the 2017 gala. She creates her wearable fiber art in her studio which is in her home in Avon, Indiana. She lives with her husband, Wayne, and has 2 grown sons who have gifted her with 2 beautiful daughters-in-law and 4 wonderful grandchildren.
Maura Fox uses the ancient textile art of wet- felting to create wearable one of a kind felted designs. The process is technical yet Maura approaches each piece as a unique piece of art. The vibrant colors of nature inspire her and brilliant color combinations can be seen in her work.
Felting is one of the most basic and ancient ways of creating fabric. Nuno-felt is created by applying wool roving and other natural fibers to a finely woven fiber cloth such as silk. Wool roving is then worked into the silk with the help of soap, hot water, rubbing, squeezing, throwing and a lot of elbow grease. The motion of rolling and pressing is strenuous but the rhythm is calming. As the wool is manipulated by hand the fibers slip through the silk and link to each other creating a new garment without sewing. The resulting fabric is unique, flexible, durable and light as air.
Maura is grateful to understand this complex process, making it possible to work in this medium as an artist. She loves to talk to people about her passion for this often infrequently viewed and poorly understood medium. Maura hopes to increase knowledge and understanding of the art form of felting through her work, her discussions, her exhibitions and her hands-on demonstrations.