Here is an excerpt from her website:
" – meaning “beautiful resting place” – is the old name for the ancient granite building where I started designing and making the Leafcocoon wool felt coffins.I have recently moved the workshop into bigger premises; a beautiful and airy chapel in Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon.
Wool is my raw material, which is made into felt, and from this is crafted a unique range of lovingly hand-made products; bags, tuffets (seat pads), quirky tea cosies, woollen insoles, hot water bottle covers, hats, little decorations, wall hangings, felting kits and Leafcocoons – a unique soft wool eco coffin, designed for natural burial.
The pieces are all hand made, motifs are either sewn or needle felted in. Dyes are always natural.
Dartmoor is where I live and work – a beautiful and wild landscape – and this is an infinite source of inspiration. I am deeply mindful of our environment and the preciousness of nature, so everything I do or make bears this in mind; keeping my impact on the planet as small as possible. ‘Wool miles’ are kept as low as is currently achievable; workshop waste is kept to a minimum, recycling as much as possible and composting the rest on site as part of the management of the chapel grounds.
Yuli Somme, M.A. (Textiles), Feltmaker & Bellacouche Owner
Thanks so much for coming to visit us Yuli!