Year End

December 31, 2009

A year spent in research ends richly with knowledge of various animals, breeds, their age, and how their diet affects the result. I developed a handsome vocabulary of techniques resulting in various effects including rolling in bamboos mats, bubble wrap, rubbing against itself and even the shock method of boiling water with ice water, all result in unique felt for many applications. The thickness or thinness of felt affects how it is applied to vessels including a loose felt verses a tight taunt felt.  Colors can have a rich depth and texture using ultra-thin layers of various coordinating colors or light on top of dark colors and as in painting with glazes using layers of complementary to mute colors.  As I bring this year to an end, I am looking forward with great energy to use my findings in expressing Poetic ideas and not just a product.  Unless I make something today, this is the final felt of 2009: a silk with thinning applied wool on both sides, which is a twist on traditional Japanese Nuno felting.

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