Hello again

November 10, 2012

Now, that I have semi conquered my smart phone/android, the past 3 months  have been spent not in felting but going with the new technology of tablets. The android platform is similar on phones and tablets but just different enough to add frustrations as the directory structure is vastly different from that of a pc. On the very bright side I have learned to transfer my digital library to my tablet and quickly realized the portability  as i can take the tablet to bed and have to my delight , read multiple novels, it is so easy to take to night shift work, waiting for others in the car and answering emails however creating on the tablet other than emails, Facebook postings is a new horizon.  I have made several promises to resurrect  postings on WordPress that have quickly ended  to a null point. Nonetheless  looking at my blog does stir my creative juices to become a producer once more. I have several lattice vessels that are screaming to be photographed and posted but I have deaf ear  and am pressing on and refusing to get distracted in the details.
It is rumored that Winston Churchill said, “if you are going through hell just keep walking”, so I have my jogging shoes on and warming up my muscles.  The studio has massively been disturbed by a new resident plus I have given a few painting lessons.  Mt eight yr old neice has shown tremendous interest in felting……so may put a kit together dfor her like Nicola does, or just have her into the stidio for a day of fun.In
seven or 8 hours will tell if I can keep the momentum to felt tomorrow. Good night for now.
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Experimental Vessel

March 6, 2012

My idea for this Nuno vessel is to paint on the dye THEN finish fulling it because the vessel is very soft at this point and barely will hold its shape.   The vessel is merino wool made with a resist template and the final layer of silk gauze.  Once it is painted, I will complete the fulling process and draw the design in tighter since fulling shrinks the wool.  I am excited to see how much control I lose over the design. Previous vessels that had white gauze applied in a nun fashion received the dye differently.  The silk tended to be several shades darker than the wool even though they were painted with the same dye at the same times and process identically.  I am unsure why this surprises me, because different fibers traditionally have absorbed dye in varying degrees.

last night

March 3, 2012

My shoulder is still healing so all I can physically do is felting soaps.  These are felted wool covered hand made soap.  The covers are made of merino wool and is felted so it hold the handmade soap that tends to melt allover the place when moisture hits it. Some people like to just keep them as decorative items. the small are $5.oo USD large 10.00 USD plus shipping.

gift soaps

Customer colors available upon request. Mothers Day is not too far away and if your mom is like mine,  consumable items is about all her house can accommodate.

Felted Postcards

February 9, 2012

I adore postcards,  and have collected them for over 40 years, even though the internet can take us to exotic lands, postcards are a signal that some one thinks of you even while they are gone.  Over the years, I  have been in several multimedia post card exhibits and it is great fun.   I would like to see  a twist on the travel postcard event by  creating felting post-cards about HOME.

This challenge is called “Postcards from Home” and features small (4 inch by 6 inch) pictorials of scenes from you home environment: landscapes, perhaps a historical  point of interest.  Some suggestions to get you thinking about a pictorial postcard:  the natural environment, such as mountains, deserts or coastal scenery; native flora and fauna; images of agriculture such as farms, ranches and dairies; man-made scenes, such as towns and cities, bridges, monuments, museums, and theme parks; historical images from home past; and recreational settings.

Deadline:  August 15, 2012
Open to all
Size:  4 inches by 6 inches (traditional postcard size
Writing may be included
Make a label for the back of your postcard containing the following information:

Postcard from Home Challenge 2012
Your Name and Address
Title of Postcard
Location of scene

On a separate piece of paper, please include a short paragraph explaining the scene you felted and any additional information that you wish to share.  This information may be used in promotional materials and articles concerning this challenge.

Bring the finished postcards, or mail* the finished postcard to me.  I will document and photograph each postcard. I would like to take a display of these postcards to various exhibits. We have a Final Friday exhibit here in my hometown of Lawrence, KS. There is First Friday in Kansas City, MO. There is a large possibility of several national venues for a traveling exhibit but locations are undisclosed at this time.

 

Leave a response if you might be interested.  The pieces will be auctioned off for a charity fund raiser TBA later. So this is a mere feeler for a response.  I may extend it to fiberart postcards, since  my circle of acquaintances extend way into the fiber world: weaving, surface design, beading,  hand made papers,  fabric design, dying, indigo, baskets etc. i have yet to decide.  What a great way to get your work SEEN by a groups of people.

Anna Feathers

December 17, 2011

I have been working a great deal in data centers lately with no energy to even step into the studio nonetheless, I think about making art incessantly.  This piece graces a wall in my bedroom.  It was made several winters ago of Lambs wool which felted so easily it was completed in less than an hour. The single line meandering throughout the vessel was not stitched but added on top with only wisps of lamb’s wool to cover the bronze embroidery thread. I cannot identify the feathers, as they were a gift from crafter in Ireland and they accent the vessel as naturally as they would a hat. The large piece is an agate pendant with a small 14K  gold finding.  As most of you collect things I enjoy the feel of vintage costume jewelry bakelite  and celloid. The surrounding beads, I collected from vintage necklaces.

Oh yes, I have a nice collection of items screaming to be used.   One can see that I wrapped the agate with brass wire and assembled the beads.  I had an exhibit and gallery had few pedestals so I came up with a way of displaying the items by making wall plaques with a shelf.  This shelf was constructed with Plexiglas formed into an L shape and mounted onto a piece of oiled cherry wood.   

Locks

December 15, 2011

Lately my day job has eaten up my time and I am too exhausted to get to the studio after work. It seems my excitement with wool is waiting for the cold winter months to set in. I was looking forward to making a beret to hide my unsightly hair while if grows from the spiked dew I wore for the summer months.  It was just too unmanageable so instead of felting a beautiful head covering, I got a fabulous haircut, by Jody Seitz, which is excessively adorable to hide under a hat.  NOW, my motivation to felt a wearable item is in gone.  For nearly two decades ago, I did silk scarves and the proverbial unusual socks for Christmas gifts, but I took a long pause from that work.  I had a nice inventory left but it has finally dwindled, thus people are clamoring for my wears.  Friends and relatives got felted items last year and they met with gratefulness but the regret was seen in their eyes “Where are my silk scarves and socks”?  HA HA.

I am at least trying to get momentum even if it is with posting older work.  The chalice (2009) looking vessel was my first attempt to work with locks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I attended a fiber group who had just returned from a fiber workshop with Elis Vermeulen demonstrating exactly what I attempted on my own.  As you can see in my vessel the success of a demonstration even though, I did not add near enough locks.  I was extremely apprehensive about them felting on top of one another so I placed only a minimal number of locks even though they were side by side in the lay out stage.

 

Today, I am free of my tech work and so I would like to devote myself to the studio. It is only 5 AM here so let us see how the day unfolds. Perhaps today is the day a new vigor will ensue.

Last Scheduled Vessel

February 26, 2011

Working on technique once again.


Another wintry storm after 7 days of 65F spring weather.  It is gray, icy, snowy and we are warned to stay in door because of the dangerous ice;  great day to felt.  I am trying of vessels and  am ready to move forward with more felt paintings; so, this will most likely be my last vessel.  I might add some stamped dye images,  I am unsure at the moment.

Flying Geese Vessel

February 23, 2011

This piece is available for sale at the Women Made Gallery  It is made of Mohair, Alpaca and Icelandic Lamb Fleece approximately 33 inches in circumference.  The abstract aubergine flying geese has been stamped on using a thickened dye. Once it was dry it was steamed in a commercial Chinese Steamer (similar to home bamboo stove-top steamers) with  three inches of white distilled vinegar  in the bottom portion covered and boiling over a hot plate.  To keep the condensation from dripping back onto the vessel, clean unprinted newsprint paper was put under the lid while it steamed twenty minutes.

Reshaped Vessel

February 16, 2011

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This vessel has undergone a re-shaping since I saw the original with my glasses on.  The vessel is the same in all three photos, even though the shape differs slightly. I am unsure if this is my camera, the distance from the camera in each shot or merely the surface design that tricks the eye into seeing the shape differently in the various views.

Felt Sphere

February 15, 2011

Directly applied Dye

This Drying felt sphere is 34.5 inches. The dye had been directly applied with a sponge and the grape color was mixed with a thickener and stamped on while a beach ball (inserted inside) held it taunt. I am unsure of the final object whether to leave as is, add glass beads, or cut the surface.

Felt Exhibit

October 6, 2010

This is rather poor documentation of an art exhibit I had in August  in the KC Arts district called Crossroads but it was so hectic, I failed to arrange to have it photographed.  These are the first public display of a group of wool vessels created during the 09/10  winter. I spent my time developing vessels using unprocessed, (uncleaned fleece with Vegetable matter and animal waste). have posted this previously, and I drill  down the process in previous post. The white and teal piece was constructed  with 100% unprocessed Icelandic lambs wool. The yellow/red piece is alpaca and Icelandic lamb’s wooI that I processed and dyed.  the yellow, Indigo piece is made of poodle hair.  The white piece is a scrumptious Icelandic lamb (first hair cut) with embellishments from Irish feathers sent to me by a pen pal in Ireland.   

Spiraling Vessel

February 24, 2010

This vessel is made of an undyed, Icelandic Lambs fleece intertwined with a green, violet, rayon scarf sandwiched between all white silk, alpaca, and merino fibers and after felting and fulling, the piece measured 35 inches x 14 inches. If you have been following my blog for the past two years, you will know I am intrigued with spirals and a type of Japanese Shibori dying, which means pole wrapping. The fabric is spiraled around the pole with twine, linen or a strong yarn spiraled around the fabric. Then, to create the design one scrunches the fabric and the portions that are bound with the twine are in the interior and create a lovely bound resist while the outer portions is ready to accept dye. I prefer this technique using indigo vat dye, a dye that oxidizes when hit by the air and turns a deep indigo color and it tends not to migrate like water-based dyes.

Keeping that technique in mind, I slipped the felted/fulled vessel over a section of PVC piping, tying the end but not before pressing the bottom up into the pipe. I am inspired how wine bottles are created with this type of indentation at bottom up into the wine bottle. The PVC is twirled around with the twine spaced approximately ¾ inch apart, and once five inches is bound, and then it was scrunched tightly together. Then, more wrapping and scrunching until reaching the lip. It was formed by pulling and stretching (about 1.5 inches wide).  The scrunch on the pole is reduced 2/3 of the pre-scrunched felt.

The scrunch was so thick the wool required 48 hours to air-dry completely compared to the normal 18 hours.  This technique gives nice visual pleasure.  The finished dimensions are 11 inches high by 18 inches and the lip measure 22 inches in circumference. It stood completely straight  compressing the rings but I encouraged it to tilt to the side to convey a bit of an attitude.

Prototype

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.

Kids Play Hat

February 18, 2010

I really need to not describe an item until I have photos ready as I have nothing to say about this FUN hat for my nephew.  I am developing a collection of unusual toys so the kids will enjoy playing at Auntie Deb boah’s house.  This hat is 14 x 14 inches and the nest one I intend to be inspired by Dr. Seuz’s illustrators of “Old Hat New Hat”.

Landscape Vessel

February 3, 2010

Verbiage to follow. Hand dyed merino with hand dyed silk organza in green and midnight blue.

Home Stretch

January 23, 2010

The hat is dried, pressed and all shaping is completed. I will add twill tape on inside to prevent excessive stretching. Of course the cold weather is most likely gone for the winter. It is a rare occasion that we have more than one nasty  spell requiring hats and we had three solid weeks of it  at Christmas time with record snowfall. I will post dimensions later but I am off to perform some technology troubleshooting for a national concern.

Winter Alpaca Hat

French Press 3

April 19, 2009

Black mohair, Alpaca/Silk, Merino and white mohair content. Same size as French Press Cover 1 & 2.
The aborigine and seafoam- green are New Zealand wool. The green wool has some unidentified content which I suspect is mohair as it has many wispy hairs. Because of the strong design element of the strand of white mohair, no handle to top tassel is necessary.

French Press Cover

French Press Cover

Felted French Press

April 18, 2009

At home, I use a four-cup stove top espresso maker, however when entertaining, it is not very convenient. I like the whole idea of a French Press Table presentation but the coffee cools much too quickly. While I have been making tea cozies for friends, it only seemed appropriate to make something for myself. I am only a one cup tea drinker contrasting to the multiple cups of coffee consumed daily so why not a cozy for the French Press?  I have acquired some lovely black mohair ( from angora goats) and mixing it with the white mohair gives a nice sheen, with a curly texture so I am using it on the top layer of foundation of merino wools.  The tassels are  rolled wool–these a tad crude but have become rather exotic in later cozies.  A particularly striking combination of colors is black mohair,  a sea-foam green spirals with strands of white mohair gingerly placed on top.

I call this piece Joseph’s scarf of many colors. it is my first attempt to nuno felt, the base is a cotton gauze, with metallic threads. I nuno felted with various fresh colors then embellished with satin ribbons and scraps of silk hence the title. the rayon thread adds another dimension of sheen in comparison to the soft alpaca wool.

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Joseph's Scarf

Joseph's Scarf

Ummmmmm

April 7, 2009

I currently am distracted by unwarranted circumstances. I normally can press through once I enter my magical work studio, NOT SO, yesterday. Instead of leaving I reworked a previous project. LOL I am still not satisfied, the passion for working with these colors is sorely lacking and so back on the shelf it will go. It seems I have played out my hand with functional items and am returning to the painting with Felt concept, I began with in January. The angora, mohair, merino wools just feel so sumptuous I wanted them near my body or to use them in daily life as in the tea cozy. Nonetheless my passion is more for conceptual visual communication .

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