Etsy shop up and running!

At last, my Etsy shop is up and running!  I have just listed the first item, a funky trellis scarf in the lightest and warmest merino.  For those of you not familar with Etsy, it is a great online facility where artists and crafts people can list items for sale, both handmade work and the materials or fibres to make the products.  Over the next few days, between the exhibition preparation, I am going to take images of more recently finished felt and put them up on the shop, keep your eyes open!!

Invitation, felted vessels, necklaces and beading

Winter Exhibition at Kozo Gallery

Winter Exhibition at Kozo Gallery

I was very excited to see an image of one of my felt necklaces used on the invitation to the Winter Exhibition that opens at Kozo Studio and Gallery next Saturday.  This will be the second selected exhibition that I am participating in this month and I would love to meet any of you blog followers if you are free to come to the opening.  Please make sure to come and introduce yourselves if you are able to make the journey!

My days never seem long enough at the moment but I have to say that I am really enjoying all the felting!!  Today I made 2 amazing neckpieces using silk jewels (a bit similar to sari loom ends) and merino, the silk really crinkled up beautifully as the wool was felting so tomorrow I need to make a couple of brooches to use with them as closures.  These will be going to Kozo along with a couple of necklaces and some vessels that I made over the last few days.  I decided to use a much bigger resist than usual for these vessels (piece of laminate floor underlay used in the middle of my felt package to stop the fibres felting as a flat piece and create an ‘envelope’ instead) and have made one large bowl which I then beaded and one taller bowl with very organic grooves.  The beading was quite interesting, I love the glint of light on the seed beads and because of the result was not SO adverse as usual to plying the needle!!

Off now to try and put some images on my new Etsy shop and sort out the policy re. P&P etc., will check back in here and post the link if I am successful!!

Felting classes, carded fibres and swap images

Hand carded fibres

Hand carded fibres

Here is an image of some recently carded fibres, don’t the colours just glow!  These particular rolls are a mixture of merino, alpaca and mulberry silk.  The orange coloured one was a particular favourite of mine, now it has been incorporated into the BIGGEST felted vessel that I have made to date and I am delighted with the result.  Tomorrow morning, weather permitting I am going to take some shots of it and post them up, it is a very organic shaped ribbed vessel in orange/green/brown tones and I think I feel a series coming on!

Tonight I teach the first in a series of beginners feltmaking classes, back off to tidy again, will it never end.  One other thing that I am going to do before I resume the tidying up is to upload more images to my Flickr account, click here to check out images of some great swap packages that I have received and another image of recently carded fibres.

Felt at exhibition, Etsy shop

Just a quick post today as I have a mountain of tidying to do before my first evening course starts tomorrow!!  The opening of Breaking Out was fantastic, thanks to everyone who came and to all of you who have left comments on the blog.  It was very interesting to see that there was work from 3 felt artists on display, it really seems to be the up and comming craft at the moment.  Marika Miklosi Manning had very sculptural pendants and vessels, Nicola Farrell showed 3 large discs of felt (hung on the wall) and I had 4 neck pieces and the rug I made with Mehmet Girgic in September.  Overall the exhibition was brilliantly curated by Ann Mulrooney and it is well worth a visit if you are anywhere near Kilkenny.  As Micki has mentioned in her comments, Kilkenny Castle is definitely a place to see and the 2 exhibition galleries are housed in the old coach yard of the Castle, beautiful light filled spaces.  Other selected exhibitors include ceramicists, jewellery makers, textile artists, wood workers, reclycled paper artists, metal workers and glass makers so it would be true to say that there will be something to excite everyone interested in cutting edge craft. 

On Saturday I am going to pop down and take some images of my work on display, then I will upload them to the blog.  I actually did an interview with a reporter this morning (her paper was emailed an image of me with my work at the opening) so I am going to be featured in the Carlow People next week, yipee!

My Etsy shop WILL be up and running early next week I promise.  My biggest problem over the last week and a half is the sheer volume of organising I have had to do to get my tax returns sorted (not exactly sorted yet) and to prepare the house for my first class of students.  This has all been on top of trying to prepare work for my next exhibition, the deadline for this work is mid next week so I am sure you can all imagine how hyper I am!!

Breaking Out opening

Today is the official opening of ‘Breaking Out’ at the Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.  Alan and I will be aiming to arrive there at about 1 o’clock, have some lunch with friends and family and then go on to the opening at 3 o’clock.  I am really looking forward to seeing how the curator has hung/displayed my felt pieces although obviously I am nervous as well!