Diana Booth is a felt artist born in London to an English mother and Russian father. As she grew up she was exposed to the influences of many cultures. She learnt the skills of embroidery, knitting and other handicrafts through her mother and grandmother whilst her Father’s Russian heritage was to influence her in many ways. She now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Diana works primarily with merino wool fibre and a variety of silk products such as silk hankies, ribbons, sari silk, and raw cocoons. Her work is often embellished with embroidery with the addition of pearls, beads and in some cases shells and semiprecious stones. She makes scarves wearables, jewellery, handbags, vases.
Over the last year she has moved more into sculptural forms and has been strongly influenced by many and varied felt surface design techniques. A recent influence has been ‘Joomchi”, the ancient Korean art form which traditionally uses mulberry paper to form a special ‘felted’ paper. Diana has translated this art form into her surface design in structural felt.
Diana has primarily been self-taught in the art of felting but has attended many workshops on various techniques, which she has incorporated into her work.
Diana is a member of ATASDA (Australian Textile and Surface Design Association). She has participated in ATASDA exhibitions held at Palm House in the Botanical Gardens, Sydney on the last 4 occasions.
Diana also belongs to the Arcadian Artists group. She has exhibited through this group for the past five years in an event known as the ‘Arcadian Artists Trail’.
She is constantly trialing new ideas incorporating all types of silk including silk hankies and sari silk and silk cocoons into fine merino wool.
This year she is exhibiting at the North Shore Craft Group and Craft NSW.