Exciting news re felt and ‘Breaking Out’!

I am so excited today as my felt is definitely going to be on display at ‘Breaking Out’, the Crafts Council Exhibition to be held in Kilkenny from October 19th until mid January 2009.  The curator Ann Mulrooney and I met this afternoon so that she could have a look at the current work I have been making.  I have to say that I was very unsure how the meeting would go as it is always difficult to be critically assesive about your own work, especially if like me you have no formal art college training.  Anyway, Ann was really nice and supportive, one of my pieces has been selected for photographing on Sept 18th (merino wool neckpiece with loads of spikes!) and the rest of the work needs to be delivered by the beginning of October.  I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know that my work was up to scratch and I really am looking forward to inviting all my friends who have supported me develop my practice to the opening!  Another knock on effect of being selected has been the fact that I am now registered as a maker with the Crafts Council and have a profile page complete with images on their website.

African image inserted into felt

African InspirationHere is a photo as promised of the wallhanging I made last Saturday after Jean’s workshop by inserting the piece of printed muslin I created into a larger piece of felt.  I was very happy with the result although after Bernie’s beautiful photography not a bit happy with the image I took!  This week I am up to my eyes with the batik course I am taking at Grennan Craft Mill and Open Week at Borris Golf Club.  Images to follow tomorrow of work in progress with the batik.

Light as a cobweb

Light as a feather

Here is another image Bernie McCoy took, this time a featherweight scarf and a bangle made from undyed fibres.  This scarf is one of my mother’s favourites, extremely light and amazingly warm!  The wool used is merino and I added quite a lot of mulberry silk which creates a nice sheen when viewed from different angles.  The panel down the centre is a very fine chiffon silk which strengthens the cobweb felt and enables it to drape beautifully.

The bangle is one of my own favourites, very plain and simple in natural undyed fibres. 

Thanks to Joni who left me a comment and to everyone who actually sent me a text about Bernie’s photography of my work.  I am really excited about getting some of the images printed out and into my portfolio, a vital project for July!