Finally ready for the fire. To create these figures I started with a twisted wire skeleton and covered it with ribbon cut from a medium weight wool/acrylic sweater. I then coated the wool fabric liberally with paper clay slip. Once this layer had dried I applied ribbons of wool fabrics soaked in the clay slip – … More Ceramic & textile sculptures
The Prism 2019 theme is ‘Fragility’ and knowing just how robust the process of making the felted figures is I really can’t imagine them as fragile. However by combining clay with the fibres on wire would create a fragile form – the fibres being burnt out in the kiln…. Problems: I am not a ceramicist! … More Figures in ceramics – work in progress
Chemistry in the kitchen I make my own soap and have done for over 10 years and I always use it to make felt. There is nothing quite so good as handmade soap and it can be made in bar or liquid form. There are many great websites and YouTube videos now that recount the history … More Making fab soap for felting
One of the best Prism exhibitions! ‘TRANSIENT’ A selection of artworks from the exhibition My submissions Life dance Comprised of 28 small figurative felt sculptures. I use the wet felt method to create these little figures Exploring the Senses Two large figurative sculptures suspended Both pieces together in the gallery My art work is for … More Prism 2018 Hoxton Arches Gallery
Tunbridge Wells Artisans! A new and exciting Arts and Crafts venue is opening in Tunbridge Wells, Kent on 17th November 2017 – just in time for Christmas. The Stables, at the The George pub at the top of Mount Ephraim is a beautiful old building and perfect to host local artists and craftsmen! I … More Tunbridge Wells Artisans
Inspiring textiles The scope of textile design is awesomely endless! Adding to my inspiration board this month will be a visit to the V&A Balenciaga Exhibition – Shaping Fashion
I have been experimenting with hand dyeing and painting fabric and the fabric I have chosen for this development is a beautiful ottoman rib viscose/cotton fabric. The fabric has behaved beautifully during the dyeing processes and has been a joy to make into garments. So to recap: Three dye techniques: Shibori kimono A simple kimono design … More 3 Jackets
Update on the Shibori: Tie dyed Ottoman rib fabric for a loose kimono jacket Process Shibori kimono This kimono and others like it will available in my shop soon!
Two metres of wide fabric is a lot to dye!! The first piece is very deep pink – all over liquid procion dye applied with a wide brush. I left the fabric covered with plastic sheet over night to get a really saturated colour. Shibori dyed with liquid indigo coloured procion dye. Cured 22 hours 3. … More To my dyeing day No.2!!
Actually two dyeing days as I spent the first day experimenting with dye colours and techniques on small samples of white cotton fabric that had been pre-soaked in a solution of soda ash for 3 hours. I am very lucky to have a great assistant for a few days – Carmen is a fashion photography student who is … More To my dyeing day No. 1!