Pippa Malik: Isolation Creations

Pippa Malik is a needle felt landscape artist, working from a corner of a room in London, surrounded by varying lengths of recycled yarn and wool tops. After initially working in glass design (sometimes stained, mostly slumped and sandblasted), Pippa spent 20 years in fashion before discovering a love for textiles and somehow ending up in needle felting.

"During lockdown in London my only way to really get out and about was by using social media to virtually travel around the country and see the sun, sea and sand of other people’s local areas. I began by taking screen shots of Cornwall and recreating them as though I was there painting in plein air, although of course I was 'painting' in wool. I use mixed wools from all over the world. Merino is smooth and has long fibres, perfect for sky or still water, but Corridale wool is much better for sand dunes and hillsides. Banana fibres are silky with a slight shine, so good for reflections on water, and there is nothing like Bamboo for the crest of a wave.

My work was chosen to be shown on Grayson's Art Club on Channel 4 and I began doing commissions for people all over the world. This was a huge moment for me, it gave me the confidence to believe that this could one day be a career and it totally changed my perception of my art.The lockdown meant that for the first time I had nothing to distract me from doing only what I love. There was nowhere else to be, no one to visit and I was totally immersed in my creativity. Even going out to the supermarket was often stressful and my small corner filled with woolly beaches and country lanes became a much needed respite from the reality of what was going on outside."

Pippa sells her work on Etsy and through commissions received on her Instagram page.

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