I’ve been trying my hand at seamless felting, starting with a giant piece of old flooring underlay, cut into a resist. These pieces are part of my geological series.
Geode Dreams Coat
The base layer of this wrap jacket is a beautiful piece of hand-painted silk, with layers of merino and silk felt. A piece of vintage beaded silk and the geode pin reflect the beautiful sparkle of these amazing natural forms. The jacket can be worn multiple ways, with felt or silk side out.
Sedimentary, my dear…
Nuno felted vest echoes the layers in rock and the beauty of geodes. Wear it multiple ways with the geode pin. It can be worn multiple ways for a completely different look. This piece was my donation for Craft NS’s Aestival.
There’s something almost otherworldly about this delicate nuno felted wrap. It ripples and moves with 3-D leaves, roots , branches, and delicate swaths of eco-printed silk. There’s so many different ways to wear it, each one revealing a new perspective and detail.
Back when we could still travel and explore museums freely, I fell in love with a Frida Kahlo painting at the MNBAQ in Quebec City. This amazing painting inspired this shawl which is meant to convey a feeling of connection and unity, at time when we are feeling more disconnected than ever. The wrap’s foundation is a large piece of vintage silk and it is decorated with merino, silk and alpaca nuno felt.
Seems I prefer the making to the recording! I’ve been very busy with all kinds of new pieces over the Fall and Winter 2019-20 but none have made it to the website yet!
So, here’s a snippet of this years works with more to come. My menagerie continues to grow with lots of dramatic dragons inspired by GOT, seals from looking out the window at Aspotogan (Mi’kmaq for where the seals come in and go out), the ever favourite foxes utilizing colourful vintage men’s plaid scarves.
I’ve also really been enjoying using resists to create seamless pieces, like my one piece “Peas on Earth” cowl with 3D pea pods on vintage acid green silk and “SuperHero” , a reversible cowl with lightening bolt cutouts revealing the neon coloured sari silk underneath.
This season also saw a lot of felt lace, using the amazing self healing properties of wool to create delicate patterns of different shapes and holes.
so much for my New Year’s resolution of keeping up to date on posting new pieces! I have so many new things to share, will start with just a few more recent pieces. I’ve been having fun experimenting with 3-D bobbles, intentional holes!! and other surface designs. I’ve also been really enjoying using naturally dyed cheesecloth to add strength with the illusion of fragility. As the weather warms, I’m trying to get outside more often to take pictures of the work, sunlight is the best light box 🙂 Stay tuned for more pieces to come… new seal collars (beauty without cruelty!), lighter than air summer shawls and other wearable art goodies.
I’m working to bring more whimsy to this year’s show, (November 17-19 at Cunard Centre, Pier 23). There will be dragons, unicorns, seals and other magical creatures along with cobweb wraps and other whimsical felted delights. It’s been a lot of fun and I can’t wait to meet the folks who will adopt one of these lovely pieces for their own. For more info on the show visit NS Crafts Xmas Show