Sometimes I dye my fibers prior to designing a piece, sometimes I like to design first and dye after. This week I’m having fun creating funky nuno felted vest-like wraps that can be worn several ways, and am enjoying playing with dyeing them after they are felted. The result has been the creation of unique one-of-a-kind magical pieces. I’m so in love the one I just finished that I’m thinking about keeping it for myself…hmm.
Interested in seeing what I’m creating and adding something special to your fall/winter wardrobe? These pieces will debut at my first Fall 2014 show, the Monte Sano Art Festival, so come check out these and my other designs on Sept 20, 2014 at Monte Sano State Park, Alabama.
So, some of you may have been to my studio and are aware of the amazing historical building it is in. For those of you who have not, Lowe Mill is an old cotton mill in Huntsville, AL that was turned into a boot factory during WWII, and is now an arts and entertainment center with three stories of artist studios, gallery spaces, small independent businesses, and more. It's amazing. I am very lucky.
The floors remain in their historical nature, beautiful and full of character, but also only a single layer of planked wood; that means anything spilled on the floor goes right through. I'm on the second floor, and I use water to create my craft, so I must be very careful. I'd be mortified if I ruined another artist's work because they happened to be below me and I leaked. To prevent this and allow me to do relatively contained projects in my studio, I take great care and have several layers of plastic and a rug under my work tables. But some projects require too much water to do safely inside; like the hats I decided it was time to start for my fall/winter stock. They require lots and lots of water and soap.
So this week, I set up my "studio" underneath the carport at my house to allow me to work. It's summer here in Alabama, so yes, it is hot, and humid, but I didn't have to worry about containing any of the water I was using and my carport got a good washing. I got several hat forms felted in my "carport studio" that are now ready to go inside to the "real" studio for final detail and embellishment, and they will be available for sale this coming Fall 2014.
Wow, it has been a busy week! But the highlight was Friday night's Felted Flower Workshop at The Flying Monkey Lab across the hall from my studio in the Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Complex. We spent the evening playing and laughing while learning the basics of traditional wet felting by creating unique one-of-a-kind flowers.
First, we started with a basic flower design, discovering how fiber layout and agitation direction impacts the felting process while experimenting with color design. After everyone successfully completed their first ever felted flower, well Janelle ended up with butterfly wings actually, we stepped it up a bit to a multidimensional design using resists. Take a look at the beautiful smiling faces of this past Friday's workshop and their amazing creations!
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