Ulrieke Benner derives her inspiration from the natural environment around her on Salt Spring Island. In her textile art, her explosive use of colour reflects her sense of playfulness and exuberance. Ulrieke transforms her inner vision into innovative and whimsical felted yardage, garments, accessories, hats, scarves, shawls and bags.
Of special note is her unique nuno felting technique, which takes felting in a whole new direction, both esthetically and with a high degree of superb craftmanship. She creates felt, which is light, airy and very soft. Each art piece is totally unique.
Her hats are one-of-a-kind and are moulded and shaped, bent by Ulrieke's will and expertise. The hats can be subtle, or vibrant, but always sophisticated and stylish, and each has its own character. As well, they endure beautifully through all climates.