Evolving

October 28, 2015 § 2 Comments

I know what it is I wish to make. I have an image in my head, mostly. Or sometimes I have an idea, and the image is unclear.

I find it fascinating how the work evolves as it is being made. This is something that seems to be true of the medium of felt. Part of the joy of making felt is its unpredictability – the experimentation that is necessary to make anything specific.

Part if the design is up to me, but a lot of it (this is more true for wet felting) is up to the environment, and the material itself. So I make a shape, and from that the rest of the thing is born.

So yes, I can decide to make a hare hat, or a badger, or some wings, but it will always come out slightly different or not as I expected. Often much better than I expected.

This is very true of the project I have been working on today.

I wanted to make a mask. a bird mask.

So I cut out a bird head sort of shaped resist, and wet felted around it with grey.

It came out looking a bit like a knights helmet, which I liked realy, but as I began to put the detail on it changed. somewhere along the line I started adding fur, and before I knew it I was making the whole head furry.

I never consciously decided to this.

Here is the finished mask, photographed with the wings on Troopers Hill, Bristol.

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I think the creature I have created is melancholy because he wishes to fly, only he can’t because his wings are so small.

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Wings and whatnot…

October 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

I have been working on some quite adventurous projects lately.

A while back I had the idea of making felted angel wings, and I finally got round to trying it.

I had a plan in my head, and amazingly, it worked exactly as I imagined!

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When I started needle felting, I loved making small models of animals, and that was fun for a while. But I have since realised that there is so much more potential to felt than that. The possibly of making huge sculptural costume pieces is too good not to try. I really think it is possible to make anything with felt, and that is so exciting!

I hope my projects will continue to get bigger and bigger and more ambitious.

Anyway, here are a couple more photos of the wings in action.

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I made the wings by stitching layers of flat felt together. Each layer I had cut to the right size using a pattern and then embroidered lines on using my sewing machine. I stitched strong wire inside, needle felted the detail on top and then attached the wings and wire to a wet felted waistcoat that I had made.

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We had fun playing around in Leigh Woods taking photos.

I am making a bird mask to go with the wings, but that is only in its first phase! I will post photos soon!

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