Abi Wheeler creates functional and fine art pieces that explore the forms and textures of man-made artefacts and the built environment. Her contemporary textiles fuse traditional processes with unconventional materials.
Her current collection of hand knitted panels and sack-like forms takes inspiration from the iconography of ports and harbours. Using knotted fishing nets as a starting point, Abi has combined knitting techniques familiar within domestic and fashion contexts with monofilament line, copper wires and strong plant fibre yarns traditionally used in the fishing industry. Buoyancy informs the quilted and hand knitted pouches which she produces in hardwearing natural materials.
After a teaching career in the visual arts, Abi now balances freelance work in arts education with a career as a professional maker.