Vivienne Morpeth - Master Feltmaker
She travelled extensively, learning Nuno felting in the bush in New South Wales in the 1990s.
Vivienne now runs her own studio practice in north Lincolnshire, specialising in creating Nuno fabric, wearables, accessories, commissions and teaching.
She is passionate about sheep’s fleece, creating soft, second-skin clothes to be treasured, enjoyed, and most of all, worn.
Vivienne regularly gives masterclasses in nuno felting for the International Feltmakers Association.
Alun Kirby - Cyanotype Artist
Alun has been making photographs for almost 30 years. He started exploring the cyanotype process about 15 years ago and is a full-time artist.
Aluns work is mostly cameraless photography, using the cyanotype process, which he makes at his studio in York.
Self-taught, and previously a scientist, Alun has developed the first new ways to work with cyanotype in over 170 years.
Alun lectures on the art and history of cyanotypes, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at York Archives.
Morpeth & Kirby - A unique partnership
Vivienne and Alun have known each other for almost 10 years. Having admired each other's work, they first exhibited together in 2015.
Initial experiments led to a firmer collaboration. The results were beautiful, and opened new creative possibilities for both artists.
Working together in York or Lincolnshire, both were inspired by the spacious, natural forces of the Humber Estuary close to Vivienne's home, and by the river which they repeatedly cross to work together.
Both Vivienne and Alun design the pieces, responding to each other's thoughts and ideas. Learning together, and sharing techniques, the results are a true collaborative effort.