It’s been very interesting and revealing invigilating at Grennan Mill Craft School, each of the 6 artists needs to either man the show for 3 full days or 6 half ones, I have chosen to do 3 full days. If I wanted I could nominate someone else to do my stints but for me a lot of the pleasure at this stage of the process is to meet the public and see how people engage with all the work on display. It has become increasingly obvious as the days go by that people either love the felt or hate it (maybe hate is too strong a word!), there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground at all. I love watching everyone’s expressions when they first enter my space, many people are totally surprised when they discover the vessels and sculptures are wool, they know that they appear tactile but they often think that they are ceramic none the less!
It has also been interesting to discover that even if people do like these non functional pieces they may not have a place in their homes to display them. After I sold my only stitched seascape on the first day several people said that they were interested in hanging this type of work in their home, in fact I actually got a commission for a framed piece during the course of the opening evening. As a result of this I decided to spend Monday and Tuesday working and finishing some more wall pieces, I framed them yesterday morning at Grennan and two of the four sold during the day, actions speak louder than words sometimes!
Today I spent a lovely time at Carmen’s with her and an Argentinian fibre friend Patricia, we started with a big breakfast, felted all morning, had a delicious stew for lunch and then stuffed ourselves on pancakes before more fibre related fun in the afternoon!!! Getting totally away from vessels and seascapes for the day I planned and felted a large wrap using some of the beautiful silk my Auburn friend Merridee dyed for me at The Tin Thimble in Loomis, CA recently. This was an experiment using the tumble dryer method, a technique I want to work on further before offering it as an option for workshops but this might be a good time to say that it entails NO rubbing or rolling making it perfect for larger projects and anyone who might find the methodology of traditional nuno a little time-consuming or dare I say it even boring! I would like to stress though that I don’t find rubbing and rolling boring, relaxing and therapeutic would be my personal take on this process but I suppose it’s horses for courses isn’t it and who doesn’t want to make a larger piece but with a lot of the effort removed and in a fraction of the time??? I’m not going to blog further about this method until I have fine tuned my timing but I will definitely include a couple of projects in the next book Chrissie and I are publishing (nuno clothing, out before Christmas!), for now here is a picture of todays finished wrap.
Your wrap looks beautiful………….colors are outstanding. Cannot wait to see more. It is endless, the ideas that you can come up and create in felt. I am spinning my own funky yarn now to use in my felting to give more texture. Keep us posted…..when do we sign up for the new book???
Good news on the sales and it just goes to show that if you keep your ears and mind open and go with the flow, then good things can happen!
Love everything about the nuno wrap.
Well as usual, you’re moving at warp speed! Somehow you seem to have more hours in the day than we have here;-) Love your new wrap…The colors are gorgeous!!!
So glad that you’re enjoying all that the exhibit entails…talking with people (including the critics), and listening to what your admirers have to say….Fantastic news about the sales!!!
Some great cooking going on over at Carmen’s…Yum! As for me, made the trek to Plainwell Ice Cream last night, where I’ve become a huge fan of their butter pecan …You started something there;-)
Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day.
I often think people are happier to part with money for wall art than body art.
I’m glad the pieces are selling for you.
It must have been a great buss to be involved in the exhibition. Congratulations.
A new book already. You are a dynamo indeed.