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 – August
Felt sculpture workshop – 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 have been making these figurative wet felted sculptures for over 10 years and people often ask me when, why and how, I started to make them – not the easiest question really!
Several thoughts though –
- I have worked figuratively since about 2005 and the first sculpture I made was for the final show of my BA Embroidered Textiles 2008. She is now a feature in my garden and it’s amazing how long she has endured through weather all year round!
- If I hadn’t discovered wool fibres and felting I would work in clay – I love to mould and sculpt and shape and use the energy of my hands.
- I had an idea to see if I could mould the wool fibres as I would clay – and it worked!!
My degree show figure 2009
Weathering for 8 years in the garden 2017
The very first dance figures 2011
The first contemplative figures 2012
I have shown my figures at Prism and SDC exhibitions in London and Birmingham and have sold them in local galleries.
This year I made ceramic and mixed-media figures for the first time!
Molly Williams felt sculpture
RBSA Prism 2019
Then, out of the blue…..
I was asked to teach at Felters Fling 2019 – I had a wonderful time and met amazing felters and friends – and I realised that what I am doing, with wet felt sculpture, is very different and of interest as a new technique.
So….I am embarking on another new venture, to teach online! It’s been a huge learning curve for me and I have had a lot of fun finding out and mastering many skills and processes:
- Studio lighting
- Talking and making at the same time!!!
- Editing videos
- Creating written content and illustrating handouts and worksheets
- Finding the best course platforms and learning how it all works
- Classroom discussion forums
- Selling and marketing
…and I have had a great group off Felter’s Flingers to trial the course with me – their advice and encouragement has been invaluable! Thank you, thank you xxxx
Images from creating the musculature
Maybe you’ll join me?