Prefelt frenzy and thanks!

Thanks to all my friends and family who attended the opening of the Winter Exhibition at Kozo Gallery in Thomastown yesterday.   Special thanks to my mother Lynette, my sisters Suzanne and Lizzy, my partner Alan and my friends Cathy, Martin, Eileen, Remmy, Duncan and Helena who all make the effort to attend, a great turnout!  The exhibition continues until 31st January and as work is sold I can replace it with newer pieces.  A second opening has also been organised for 6th December and another 5 artists are joining us then in the run up to Christmas.  This was the first time that Kozo have invited artists to participate in an open selection and the work seemed to be very favourably received by both the public and the press.

With all the coming and going over the last few days I decided to felt something simple and quick this morning, prefelts seemed the obvious choice.  I had promised my students that I would have some prepared for their next lesson and of course as soon as I started making them I have been having all sorts of wild ideas of what I myself would like to use them for.  Now I want to spend all my time preparing some funky colour schemes and know that I will be in a frenzy over the next few days to prepare a wide selection of colours!  For those of you not sure what I mean by prefelt it is a piece of felt in the making which you stop fulling and shrinking as soon as the fibres are holding together into an obvious piece of fabric.  This lightly felted piece can then be cut into any shape and laid on top of loose wool roving or batts, wet out and felted fully as normal.  The big advantage of using prefelt in a design is that because it has already started to mesh together into a fabric your design edges will be very clean cut and sometimes this is exactly what you require.  Anyway, I am having fun making quite large pieces in solid colours (so far!) and embellishing part of each prefelt heavily with either tussah or mulberry silk.  Tomorrow I will continue making some more pieces and on Tuesday or Wednesday start cutting some of them up to use in some vessels I have been brooding over!!

Felt jewellery, mosaic nuno and felted vessels

Last call to everyone for the Sigrid Bannier felt jewellery making and mosaic nuno workshops that take place on 29th and 30th November at Woodbrook House, Kiltealy, Co. Wexford.  Please visit the workshops page for full details and either call me or contact Feltmakers Ireland immediately if you want to book a space.  This weekend Sigrid is in Dublin and these courses are totally over subscribed, the Wexford leg still has a couple of places.

This afternoon I made the last felted vessel that I will be bringing with me to Kozo Gallery tomorrow.  I love 3 dimensional work and really enjoy exploring the different shapes that can be made starting out with a flat felted parcel containing a resist.  Depending on where you cut the hole to remove the resist all sorts of regular or organic shapes can be achieved using the same initial template.  The vessel that I made today is in various shades of green merino embellished with a felted cord and some beautiful hand dyed tussah silk.  I sandwiched the felt cord inside 4 layers of merino then felted the vessel as normal.  Although I was expecting it to stand out very visably in relief in the finished piece I think that I could have used a thicker cord, it is visable but I felted it so much that I think it disapeared into the background a little!  My intention is to shave the vessel as soon as it dries and then emphasise the cord with a little judicious stitching of seed beads along the lines.  Fingers crossed this will achieve the effect that I am looking for.