Lisa Mortensen – Forms Felt

Static Form 1 and 2 by Lisa Mortensen, showing two solid needle-point felted forms using merino fleece with carved pattern revealing red internal colour.Twisting Form 1 by Lisa Mortensen, showing from above a twisted solid needle-point felted form using merino wool and linen mix with burnt hole with copper and gold sleeve.


21 June – 7 August

Scunthorpe Central Library, Church Square

Free exhibition. Just drop in – read on for current opening times.

In Forms Felt, textile artist and teacher Lisa Mortensen presents a collection of distinctive textile sculptures. She has created the works using needle point felting incorporating merino fleece and other fibres such as silk, cotton and linen. The work also includes a range of other materials such as glass, metal and paper.

For Lisa, the process of making felt sculptures is one of ‘excavation’ – finding the shape as she begins with a large volume of fibres and ends up with a solid and precise sculptural form. She has likened it to carving and indeed many of her sculptures do resemble stone or ceramic. The use of different fibres and colour brings a range of textures to her work. The treatment of the surface is also varied to enhance the formal qualities and sense of expression. The use of other processes and materials creates a dialogue between content and matter. Lisa is inspired by structure and pattern, finding interest equally in natural and manmade forms.

Themes of duality weave through the work as Lisa explores qualities such as stillness and movement, inside and outside, opaque and transparent. These themes have informed the use of materials during the intuitive process of making. The dress forms explore notions of identity and the connections we make within ourselves and the world around us.

Visiting Scunthorpe Central Library

Scunthorpe Central is situated on the opposite side of Church Square to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, and the library is on the first floor (accessible by stairs and lift). Their current opening times are:

Mon-Fri: 9am-noon,  1-4pm

No tickets are necessary to visit exhibitions at this venue, but all visitors will need to sign in on NHS Test & Trace.


Events Linked to Forms Felt

Conversation Cafe with Lisa Mortensen (Online event)

24 June 5-6pm
Join Lisa Mortensen from the comfort of your home for an hour of free online conversation about ‘Forms Felt’, the development of her work, and her life in art. You’ll get the chance to put your questions to Lisa too. Live via MS Teams.

This is a free event, but you need to register in order to be sent the link to join the session. Book your place through Art Tickets.