Gladys Paulus uses the ancient technique of felt making to create work which hints at a loss of a sense of sacredness in this world. Her practice of Insight meditation and study of Buddhist concepts and ways of seeing, feed, and inform her art practice.
Born and raised in the Netherlands in 1973, Paulus comes from a family of artists and crafts folk. She studied drawing and painting at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht before moving to the UK in 1995, where she started exploring traditional crafts and via an interest in natural materials and plant fibres, eventually found her way to wool. Handmade felt remains her current medium of choice, although she increasingly incorporates a range of other materials into her work.
Paulus is a visiting tutor at many specialist textile venues. Though based in the UK, her masterclasses are in demand worldwide. She is an exhibiting member of the 62 Group of textile artists and is on the Crafts Councils Selected Index of Makers.