PEEBLES-BASED felt-artist Moy Mackay is launching a new book this Saturday at The Haining in Selkirk.

Known for her ‘felt paintings’, Moy’s artwork is created using merino fleece fibres in the same way a painter would use brushstrokes.

Her third book, The Art of Moy MacKay, shows readers how to find inspiration for their work and to develop original ideas.

Illustrated with examples of her own creations, the book offers instruction and advice on the felted painting process.

The launch event will also feature a brand new exhibition of Moy’s work and designer of The Great Tapestry of Scotland Andrew Crummy will be on hand to introduce it.

Moy works from Wasps Artist’s Studios in Selkirk and runs the Moy Mackay Gallery in Peebles.

She has recently returned from a month-long working tour of Canada where she joined a lineup of eight international felt artists to give presentations and run workshops as part of The Canada Felt Symposium 2018.

Invited by Felt-Feutre Canada, a national not-for-profit organisation for Canadian felt makers, her tour took her to Cornwallis in Nova Scotia, Ottawa and Toronto before finishing in Orangeville, Ontario.

She said: “Between haring around from place to place, I did make sure that I was able to squeeze in some essential time to immerse myself in the magnificent landscapes around Lake Simcoe. That was fabulous.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to focus on creating fresh new work of my own.

“Visiting a few high profile Canadian galleries was also on my agenda during my tour. How could I resist the chance to see the work of ‘The Group of Seven’ – a group of Canadian landscape painters in the 1920s, and Tom Thomson one of Canada’s most influential 20th century painters.”

Moy proved to have a strong following in Canada with her classes selling out in record time.

She said: “I was aware, mainly through the internet, that I had quite a following in Canada.

"What I did not appreciate was just how huge Canada is. I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the journeys many students have taken just to attend one of my classes. Many have travelled even further than I have.

“The Canadians are amongst the most polite and friendly people I have met and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with them during this month tour here. Their enthusiasm and passion for the whole process has been inspirational. I’ve had a crazy numbers of requests to return and already have a massive waiting list of people wanting to sign up for my future teaching sessions.”

The launch for The Art of Moy MacKay takes place on Saturday November 3, 1pm-3pm at The Haining, Selkirk.