Debra and Dougal’s lives are in a spin

Fremantle artist Debra Corbett with Dougall. Picture: Martin Kennealey d421352
Fremantle artist Debra Corbett with Dougall. Picture: Martin Kennealey d421352

With her dog Dougall by her side, textile artist Corbett has recently opened the Debra Corbett Wool Studio in the grounds of the Lenaville building, which housed Fremantle Prison’s chief warden.

Corbett said she taught herself to spin using Dougall’s hair before moving on to textiles such as fleece and felt.

‘I was a teenager and I had adored the building and had often driven past on my way down south,’ she said.

‘The fibres I use are beautiful such as mohair from the angora goat, which has the most beautiful lustre, not unlike a pearl.

‘The alpaca is so very soft and up to four times warmer than wool and the fine merino wool is absolutely top class.

‘Everything is natural, even the dyes I use to colour my yarns and in this day and age of mass production from overseas, I am proud to offer a product that is a unique, stylish, original and affordable alternative, and made right here on the premises by me.’