I have been looking back at the year, as I go through my accounts and plans for 2020. It’s been a significant year for my art practice, taking me on a different and very exciting path!
Felt bowl workshop Mayfield School – March
Experiment – Raku fired clay and fabric sculptures – April
Prism at Hoxton Arches May 29th – 9th June
Felt bowl workshop at Lillstreet Chicago USA – August
Felt sculpture workshop in Tampa USA – August
Felters Fling USA 2019 – August
Prism at the RBSA Gallery, Birmingham UK – October 8th – 19th
Online course – Contemporary Dancer – a new venture! January 17th – 28th February 2020
…..and the next course I’m working on
It’s been a fantastic a year and I have met wonderful artists and felters along the way. I am looking forward to 2020 with new courses in mind, sharing a studio during the South East Open Studios, possible exhibition in Kuwait and workshop in the Netherlands and a big family wedding!!
I am working on four new felt sculptures in the form of Modern Dance.
The movement and emotion in this art form is wonderful and I use images of dancers to create the sculptures.
Starting with a wire I make a skeleton and then cover it lightly with knitted fabric to give me a soft layer to attach the wool fibres. I then build up the musculature with layers of wool fibre using soap and water to felt so that the final shape is firm and well sculpted.
The decorative skin is a piece of handmade felt that I hand stitch onto the body of the sculpture – this is the most time consuming part of the process.
Three dancers ready to be mounted on wood
I love the contrast between the rough felt and smooth polished wood – both are natural and compliment each other.
People often ask me how to look after their felt sculptures – and it is very simple!
Just wipe gently with a damp cloth to remove dust. Moths are the main concern especially in the summer. You can buy moth killer to spray on the felt or periodically put the felt sculpture in the freezer over night – this will kill any moth eggs.
I will be posting the dance sculptures in my shop in the near future and if you are interested in ordering a sculpture or would like me to notify you when new sculptures are ready – please contact me.