About Liz Clay
Liz Clay is a luxury, textile design business, established in 2001, specialising in hand made felt. The collections of exclusive, couture designs combine innovation with superb craftsmanship.
Today, studio-based practice is at the heart of Liz’s business, maintaining a hands on approach that defines the brand and signature trademark. Designs have gained recognition worldwide, winning UKTI export awards and development funding from the Crafts Council.
Working closely with clients from concept to creation within gallery, fashion and interiors, the aim is to celebrate and surprise, offering a completely new vision for hand felted British wools.
Liz confesses to being totally passionate about seeking the potential of the materials she works with:
“I love the whole process of making and creating with my hands; to be in control of the process from beginning to end. It is both satisfying and rewarding. I work with British wools, specifically those considered marginal in felt making. Through practice-led research I have discovered exceptional uses for undervalued wools, seeking to mix innovation with traditional craft processes to create fresh, new and original hand felted surfaces. The outcome enables me to add value to underused wools and give prominence to those wools often considered difficult in the felt making process. I am constantly intrigued by and surprised at the design potential these distinctive wools offer.”
Inspired by the challenge to use Cambrian Mountain Wool, Liz was keen to champion this British wool whilst adding to the growing portfolio of hand pleated designs for her interiors collection. She was convinced this beautiful wool would strike a balance between the attraction of design and the practicality of function. After much creative play, experimentation and working with the wool’s natural characteristics, the outcome demonstrates a uniquely personal celebration of the material: highlighting its appeal as an exquisitely hand crafted, modern textile.