I am an artist working with felt. My first encounter with the material was at the age of sixteen, in my native country Hungary. Though I didn't really understand why, it touched me profoundly. After some years of working with felt I realized that the attraction lay in the way it re-draws conceptual boundaries. It is neither textile, nor sculpturing material. It has a strong physical presence, yet it is highly poetic. It is fascinating how a material so ancient, raw and rugged, can simultaneously be so sophisticated, elegant and playful.

This fascination has driven me to embark on a journey to find out more about the characteristics and connotations of this 8000 years old material. I have travelled in countries where felt is traditionally crafted and used. I have learnt from traditional masters and contemporary artists and designers, who helped me and inspired me to find my own voice through this material.

Felt consists of tightly interwoven, entangled wool fibers, embracing and supporting each other. This carries the powerful metaphorical connotation of holding, keeping together, protecting, and at the same time hiding something from the eye, absorbing not only noise and moisture but sense and meaning as well. This stillness of the material speaks to me more than anything else, I build my work around it and upon it, trying to find out more.

This ancient material embodies the drama of our ancestors. They used it for surviving harsh weather conditions; I want to explore and understand its contemporary resonances. We live in a constant clamour of clearly defined spaces, concepts and boundaries. The fuzziness of this borderless, seamless, all-absorbing material questions and challenges these assumptions - it becomes a metaphor of survival, our survival of the static, rigid structures we live by. Its softness and warmth brings comfort and protection to those exposed to the harshness of our conceptual landscapes.