After months of hard work for the Green Energy Fair I am almost free to concentrate on a series of small sculptural vessels incorporating silk and wool. I just arrived back from Dublin today and was too exhausted to face in to any paperwork until the morning. Carmen gave me a call to see if I was around as she wanted to use my long table and make a baby’s blanket as a present for one of her friends. Great excuse to do a little felting myself and very theraputic!!! I promise that over the next few weeks I am going to create and photograph some of my work in progress and publish it to this blog.
As mentioned in my last post I created a necklace for Cathy (director of Artlinks) and thanks to Martin her husband for forwarding me on some great images, hope you like them. Here is one and you can check out the other on my Gallery page.
I feel as if Carmen and I have just completed a felting marathon. I am actually working full steam ahead for next week’s Green Energy Fair but as we had a bank holiday in Ireland today, felt was on the adgenda! It is really great to share ideas and fibres with other felt makers and today we completed an amazing selection of items. Carmen made a beautiful vessel and then I showed her how I had made some bracelets and a felt ring, away she went! A glass of wine and a veggie lunch later we really were gripped by a creative surge. At the end of the day I had made, strung and sold a beautiful necklace for a commission plus sold a second necklace I had made in the same colour scheme. Bangles or bracelets were really my thing today and this evening 9 completed bracelets lie drying on my kitchen table. I used some gorgeous orange, plum and wine coloured merino wool and highlit certain areas with wine and orange mulberry silk. The results are almost flame coloured, as the fabric is drying the silk is shining even more. Carmen worked mainly in natural colours and made some really interesting bangles and a ring, decorating several of the items with beads made in contrasting colours, great work.
After the success (or lack of success!) with my last attempt to insert wire within my felt I decided to try a small sample as before but insert the wire as soon as I removed the laminate underlay resists. It worked!! I laid out a small landscape in Bheda wool using the mountains and fields surrounding me as inspiration. I inserted the wire, finished the felting and fulling process and voila. It was possible to manipulate the wire to create interesting shapes within the finished felted piece. I can’t wait to try this out on a much more ambitious project but will have to wait until my work for the Green Energy Fair is over.