February 18, 2010

This is a prototype for an experimental interpretative piece using felt and wood. This current wool envelop is 5 x 8 inches and I intend to increase it only 100% 10 x 16 inches. The gold gilding on the prototype is a faux gold leafing and am in the process of acquiring an individual to apply 23K gold leafing, I intend to make the wood more dimensional voluminous.  I am also toying with other mediums besides wood however MORE research is in order.

The distressed wool was felted even though in this photo it looks more like roving tossed array. I used very thin pieces of Icelandic fleece, individually carding each wisp then, using only two very thin layers and several holes were left intentionally barren.  I felted with the usual bubble wrap but longer than usual.  I did not roll it in bamboo, which is my normal way of fulling.  The goal for the final piece is that the felt will fit the inner core more closely like a glove so the torn and raveling  will be more apparent and not so helter-skelter looking.

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