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The Felted Stone

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I am very excited to let you all know about my new (soon to be live) web space.

The Felted Stone will be a place of creativity, meditation, and transformational opportunities.

Here is a little taster of some imagery for chakra work

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Felted pod aspiring to become a handbag

All those gorgeous, rich, jewel-like, dyed fibres came together to create this 12″ high felted pod, but it is calling out to me to become a handbag. I hope I did the fibres justice and kept their beauty.

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Fibre Art Inspired by Jackson Pollock

I recently took up the challenge of a Jackson Pollock inspired piece of work. At first I was not completely taken with the idea as his work is huge, all over the place or so I thought, but on further investigation of this artist I was hooked.

The piece I made was inspired by Pollock’s Moon Woman, especially since I have just finished a moon woman felted piece.

Firstly here is the felted piece it’s depicts a mother and daughter reaching out to each other across the moon.  I quite liked the idea of cutting the moon (another of Pollock’s works), then following his technique I lay the piece on the floor and got splashing with a select range of colours and allowed myself to be inspired by the movement of the fabric paint and the image below. Quite an experience, thoroughly enjoyed myself and I feel that the work has become energised too. I’ll let you decide that one…..

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Once I had wet felted and embellished this main piece I went onto to give it the Jackson Pollock treatment, here is a little video of the experience

From the first image this is how my Moon Woman developed, the process was liberating and lots of fun and personally I feel she has an edge of energy in her that didn’t exist in the plain felt work – but you may have different thoughts.

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Moon Woman

On this gorgeous sunny winter morning, and after the festive Gemini moon I decided to use the energy to create a felted piece reflecting the moon and female energy.

It’s still in its new moon phase, not quite finished, I plan to add beading and stitch to it.

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Wet and needle felting

The sun is shining today and spring is trying hard to push away the winter cold.

During the winter I have been working on some felting projects, I was involved in a monthly artists challenge and February had the theme of Africa.

My challenge was to find my felting wool, and then to draw a picture of a charging elephant, I wanted an African elephant with ears flapping.

So I wet felted a background using merino rovings, and added some silk tops for interest, than sitting by the fire I translated my drawn elephant onto the background using a felting needle.

ImageI had so much fun making the elephant that I decided to work on a giraffe, and to put more 3D into his face.

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The giraffe needed acacia leaves to feed on, so I used free hand machine stitch to create some leaves for him to feast onImage

My next project is going to be a zebra, but this time I will photograph each part of the process and if you feel inspired you may want to make one too.

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The fabric bead walling hanging

Thank you for all the inspiration and ideas I received through various sites. the fabric beads have arranged themselves into a wall hanging.

Spring is here, and the delicate colours of snowdrops inspired some of the beads, early morning sunrise inspired others so the piece is called sunrise over snowdrops, or something only a mother could love.

The end piece ended up quite large, about 3′ long by 1.5′ wide.

The beads are on fishing line so that they look like they are hanging in the air.

A joy to make, and the process of making the beads is completely addictive, so I’m off to make more.

The beads are made of fabric, covered with felting wool, silk, metallic thread, bits of soft metal and angelina fibres, each bead is like a small landscape. I held them in place with a clay bead also handmade and a crimp bead.

 

 

decluttering the brain

Diary entry: Day 1. of my journey

The snow is falling, our house water is frozen, but my brain is getting a spring clean.

Today I have written out on scraps of paper all the project ideas swimming around in my head. For me too many ideas = stuck,

 

Here is a photograph of  a piece that I eventually completed as a wall hanging 5 years in the making or should I say gathering.

 

 

 

After writing out all my ideas, I then decided to put +’s  and -‘s beside each idea. Did I have the skills, materials, inspiration and motivation? Then on the back of each I wrote out how I could make it happen. My ideas included art journal making, wall quilting, jewellery, bags, paper making (as in the piece above), cushions (don’t you just love beautiful cushions), and learning more skills for my embroidery sewing machine.

These projects are purely for my own interest. I can’t make to order, I can only make unique individual pieces of work. I have wondered if an Etsy store would enable me to showcase and maybe even sell some of my pieces – see here I go again, rushing ahead of myself and further cluttering up my brain.

That led me to make a mind map. Have you ever tried one of these, as they are great fun? Tony Buzzan has written a few books on how to mind map. Basically it’s a creative way of getting your thoughts out on paper using lots of colour, images and one word links. Now armed with my mind map I can see the contents of my creative mind – it’s a little overwhelming still, but it has taken me to the planning stage.

Today I will plan out some of the projects. I can’t limit myself to one project as I get bored, so I will limit myself to 2 or 3 projects and mind map for each project with some weekly goals -not too big, easy to attain goals. My aim is to focus and maybe even achieve a complete piece of work.