Poetry in Fibres: Pam Hovel

Poetry in Fibres: Pam Hovel

Poetry in Fibre exhibition.

A new exhibition at Islington’s Timeless Textiles gallery features the uniquely beautiful work of artist Pam Hovel.

Pam is an innovative textile artist living near Bendigo, Victoria. Her light filled, mud-brick studio on her family property is surrounded by bushland and wildlife and it is this natural environment that both inspires Pam’s work and provides materials for her textiles.

Creating has been an integral part of Pam’s life, initially through necessity when she sewed clothes for herself and then for her children. Larger projects have also featured in Pam’s creative life. With her husband, she built their mud-brick home, many years before sustainability and recycling were buzz words. The home was built largely from reclaimed materials and is surrounded by a large garden, Pam’s passion prior to textiles.

A lifelong interest in textiles led Pam to discover felting in 2004 and she has been passionate about it ever since. Although she has attended numerous workshops with well-known felt artists, she is largely self-taught and has won awards for her work.

Following her creative instincts, Pam has sought sustainable art practices. After exploring different techniques and fibres, she developed a beautiful, soft felt fabric using super-fine Australian Merino wool. More recently she has focused on more feminine and highly artistic garments, marrying wool and silk in the felt process, as well as using raw and wild fibres with dramatic results.

Inspired by nature, Pam uses eco-friendly and sustainable dyeing practices in all her creations, with dyes derived from plants and sometimes enhanced by found metals. No harmful chemical mordents are used.

Wearing her truly organic garments, with their relaxed Australian feel, delights the senses.

Pam’s Poetry in Fibre exhibition will be opened from 6-8pm on Thursday, 18 October until 11 November 2012.


18 Oct 2012 - 11 Nov 2012


All Day