Olive oil soap is brilliant for felt making! It’s low on suds and moisturising for hard working hands. Soap is alkaline and changes the pH of the wool fibres and this in turn causes the fibres to felt better and quicker. Materials and Equipment 100g bar of olive oil soap Boiling water Saucepan 2 litre … More How to make your own liquid olive oil soap for felt making…
Experimenting with concrete to make figurative sculptures. Part 1 … More Concrete figurative sculpture – Experiments Part 1
My New Online Course begins NEXT WEEK Wednesday 22nd April 2020 CONTEMPLATIVE FIGURE – A UNIQUE FELT SCULPTURE £250.00 … A quick look at the course: Learn how to make a large contemplative sculpture using a wet felt method of sculpting. The sculptures are inspired by the work of modern sculptors, such as Barbara … More New Online Course: Contemplative Figure -A Unique Felt Sculpture
The Clothworkers Centre in London have several Ottoman kaftans in its archive and I have visited the centre to examine some of their examples. I was interested to see how the kaftans were cut and details of the stitching. The archive kaftan pieces are typical of work made in the Ottoman court workshops during the 16th … More Ottoman kaftan construction – 2 Child’s Kaftans
Making soap at home is easy and a lot of fun! I have been making soap for years and it is a wonderful, mild, moisturising product – and you can make it too! – especially as we are all washing our hands a lot these days! This recipe is designed for the kitchen cabinet – … More Chemistry in the Kitchen! How to make soap
This January 2020 I was joined by 12 talented felt makers, from different parts of the world. Over the next 5 weeks they created a beautiful dancer -and I’m so proud of them all! WELL DONE!!!! There was lots of great conversation and support on the Discussion Forum and here are some of the images … More Contemporary Dancer January Course update
This is the course I wish I had found before I started making my first online course.
It is for creatives like me – artists, designers and crafts people who would like to teach their practical skills to the world through video demonstrations. … More How to make an Art or Craft online course …the things they don’t teach you!!
I’ve taken time out from writing the next figurative course – I had to as there is tree felling going on and the air loud with buzz saws and chippers = NOT music to recording ears! So, I finally finished this new girl today! – she’s been lounging around my worktop for ages. Experimented … More New girl on the block
I have only made the Contemplative Figures figures with natural, undyed fibres applied straight onto the form, unlike the Dancers that have a separately made decorative skin I am playing with ideas for a colourful, textured skin for the larger figures. Something like this perhaps? Hmmm – an add-on for the Contemplative Figure course … More Textured skin for large sculptures
A 5-week online course April 22nd – May 22nd 2020 – where you will learn how to make a large contemplative sculpture using a wet felt method of sculpting. These sculptures are inspired by the work of modern sculptors, such as Barbara Hepworth and Sir Henry Moore and others. You will have the opportunity to … More New Figurative sculpture course! April 2020