Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Alice Philips is a fabric artist, working primarily in felt-making. Born in Oxford, UK, she immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 2, and grew up in Vancouver and then in Hornby Island, BC. She now lives in Vancouver. Alice studied English literature and history at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She initially trained as a potter, apprenticing to Wayne Ngan on Hornby Island in 1973. Over the next few years Alice and a colleague ran a pottery on Hornby and built and fired a 3-chamber Japanese climbing kiln. Alice later studied felting with Alma Schofield.
For the past 25 years Alice has been dyeing and hand-felting wool to produce wall hangings, wearable art, sculpture and other items. Her work has been displayed in both solo and group exhibitions internationally and locally, including the Palos Verdes Art Center, California; National Gallery of Hungary, Budapest; the Vancouver Museum; Convergence 2002, Vancouver; and the Port Moody Arts Centre, BC.