Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1990, Moy Mackay has built an impressive reputation for integrity, hard work and incandescent talent. Award winning artist and published author, her ‘felt paintings’ are a pioneering development in the ancient craft of felting. Using merino fibres in the same way a painter uses brushstrokes, each vibrant, vivid piece achieves a depth of warmth and texture that paint alone cannot replicate.
She opened The Moy Mackay Gallery in 2015 which is situated in the picturesque town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Described as a ‘gem of a gallery’ it showcases not only Moy’s beautiful works but that of over 30 leading contemporary artists www.moymackaygallery.com
Moy’s work demonstrates not only talent but a pioneering streak. An avid painter and devotee of colour, Moy was searching for a new way to portray the vibrancy and depth of the palette she loved when she had the idea of using fibres in the same way a painter uses brushstrokes. With the broad palette available, and an array of exquisite fibres such as silk and merino, the sky really is the limit in terms of texture and depth of colour. By manipulating fibres in this way Moy has successfully bridged the gap between craft and fine art, with her acclaimed works exhibited in many galleries and private collections worldwide. Following the success of her best-selling book ‘Art in Felt & Stitch’, followed in 2014 by ‘Flowers in Felt & Stitch’ and then in 2018 ‘The Art of Moy Mackay’ her unique and innovative art form has attracted worldwide interest. She is regarded as the world leader in her field. In 2016 Moy was shortlisted to the final three in her heat of Sky Arts ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’.
“Moy Mackay is a true master of her craft. Her generosity in sharing her skill, and encouraging others to tap into their creativity, are testament to Moy’s role as a champion of this very distinct art form that she has made wholly her own. Moy Mackay can rest assured that she has shown the world that fibre and felting, in her hands, rightly deserve a place at the high table of art.”
Independent curator and Sky Arts: Portrait & Landscape Artist of the Year Judge
In 2013 Moy was awarded Silver in the coveted Craft & Design Selected Awards in the Textile category. The judge, Kaffe Fassett summarised beautifully the appeal of Moy’s work:
“Moy’s passionate use of colour and deep texture
created by felting are what draw me to her work. I
also like the way she concentrates on her
surroundings for her subject matter – her work is
October 20, 2019
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