Discipline: Felted textiles and coiled baskets
Nancy Shafee trained at St Martin’s School of Art (now called Central St Martins) where she studied fabric design and children’s fashion, subsequently working in both the UK and Finland. After careers in public relations, marketing and publishing, she has returned to her love of crafting and makes personal accessories and decorative items for the home in handmade felt and upcycled/vintage fabrics, all sold under the trading name of flights of fantasy. She also teaches feltmaking and coiled fabric basket making. Commissions are welcome, from the smallest flower brooch to a bouquet for a wedding, and baskets can be made from customers’ own fabrics or in their own choice of colours.
More recently she has introduced a range of bas relief plaster casts which are sold under the name of charles cottage studio.
In February 2019 Nancy launched www.wellurnedrest.com, making biodegradable urns for cremation ashes, each one made to order and totally unique. New designs for pets are on the drawing board.
As well as her membership of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, she is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Heritage Crafts Association, SAOS and Professional Guild of Crafters, and supports The Campaign for Wool.
Other information, galleries/retail outlets
Workshops are run regularly in West Horsley which are often listed on www.craftcourses.com. If a scheduled class does not suit, you can contact Nancy to arrange your own date and time. Nancy also travels to customers’ own homes, workplaces, schools or to clubs and and can arrange classes to suit different time constraints for up to twenty people.
Festival of Craft, Farnham Maltings October 26-27
Farnham ASSIST (charity event) in Farnham November 2
Southill Park November 16-17
Craft in Focus, West Horsley Place Novemer 26-December 1
Farnham Maltings Christmas Market November 27-28 (with fellow feltmaker Lydia Tapley)
City of London Freemans School December 7
Gifted in Guildford, Guildford House December 7-24
Her work is available from The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen gallery in Milford and from small gift outlets and occasionally from selected websites including https://www.etsy.com/uk/your/shops/FlightsOfFantasyGB and https://folksy.com/shops/shafeenan.
charles cottage studio: https://www.facebook.com/charlescottagestudio
well urned rest: https://www.facebook.com/wellurnedrest