Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I received an email from my friend Pam. She just got back home from the Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison, WI. She is an amazing felter, when I say amazing it's because she is very creative and tries to push her limits to create something different and wonderful. She said that most of the folks that attended the classes at the symposium where people that got into it because they had sheep and were spinners. She comments that she needed a class that will pull in the more "artsy part of felting". Believe me her technique and manipulation of the fiber is perfect. As she put it "it didn't quite fill my art gap in felting". She knows what she is talking about being a retired art teacher. I so understand what she is talking about. A good teacher is someone that challenges your limits and your view of what the limits are of the fiber. Felt to me is limitless, tribes have made felt homes to live in for centuries and this is just a small example of its durability and a good example of its water proof ability. I told Pam that I have been throwing around the idea of felting natural objects, like the seed pods I show in the image above. Imagine the seeds felted and slowly falling apart inside the felt. Would the shape change? Would the elements that make up the felt (sheep wool) keep the seed pods from changing? Who knows, has it ever been tried. Then after pods are felted they can be embroidered into or even needle felted or beaded. You see the possibilities are endless! This is the stuff that fuels my passion, untouched possibilities for a centuries old technique to create a new form of art.
By the way if anyone of you guys have a lotus seed pod (image in the center) just send it my way.