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More felt in the library

Thanks to Beerwah Library, I have some of my felted work in the display cabinet.  I originally left two shelves empty for other artists from the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail to exhibit.  As only one was needed, I went over to the library yesterday and filled up the bottom shelf as well as topping up the original case display.

Here are photos of it now from the front and back of the case.

Display of felt in the library glass cabinet from inside the library

Display of felt in the library glass cabinet from inside the library

Display of felt at the library, taken from the front.

Display of felt at the library, taken from the front.

I am very grateful of the opportunity to show my work at the library, it is a great service they provide and it is always a treat to see other people’s’ displays both in the glass cabinet and on the walls.

Creative shopping

When I was in Aldi the other day, I found a couple of pasta drying racks, that look like mug holders with longer, thinner wooden hanging posts.  I bought two of them and have used one of them here to display a few of my summer scarves.  It allows you to see how transparent they are, where the tissue silk has not been felted.

Black jewellery holder

Black jewellery holder

I also bought a tree-shaped stand that looks like it is for jewellery.  It was a christmas red, but I sprayed it yesterday with some matt black.

I’ll use it in my market stall to hang some of my felt jewellery off.

Don’t you love it when you find things that you can re-use in a different way to how they were intended?  Creative shopping at its best lol.

Felting workshops for kids over the holidays

While I was at the library I was approached by on of the coordinators who asked if I would like to run some felting workshops for kids over the Christmas holidays.  Of course I said a big fat “Yes!”.  So now I’m working on a couple of ideas to present for the library to choose from.

This will also be something I can use at other events, where simple felting experience workshops can be presented.

Meditation idea for felt mobile

In the meantime, when I was meditating the other day, I had an image pop into my head of an idea for a felt mobile, that I’m going to experiment with this weekend.  When its completed, I’ll post a pic of it.

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Library Display

This is a quick post to show a couple of pics of a limited variety of my felting that is on display at Beerwah Library for two weeks.

If you aren’t in the area but would like to visit the library, the address is:

Beerwah Library, 25 Peachester Road, Beerwah Qld 4519. Phone for opening hours: 1300 542 727

It is lovely to have the opportunity to display my work locally.  I am a member of the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail and we have several weeks available to display members’ works.  Ilia Starkovsky is also displaying some of his photographic art, and Bronwyn Hill and/or Melanie Gray Augustin will also be bringing showing some of their work this fortnight.

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

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Arts Trail and Library Exhibits!

I’m a bit excited and also a bit spread out in Beerwah this week!

The latest Glasshouse Country Arts Trail is on to coincide with the school holidays and I am exhibiting with fellow Arts Trail member, Sandra Price at her studio this weekend until Wednesday.

At the same time, I am displaying some of my felt at the local library for a couple of weeks in the glass cabinets at the front of the library.  I will also have my Mt. Coonowrin wall hanging displayed there, as an example of the variety of uses of wet felting.

If you aren’t in the area but would like to visit the library, the address is:

Beerwah Library, 25 Peachester Road, Beerwah Qld 4519. Phone for opening hours: 1300 542 727

I must say, it’s heart warming to have these opportunities of sharing what I love with my local community.

 

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Updated Felt Gallery

To view a lot of my felt work in one ‘hit’, check out the Gallery – Felt which I have just updated with more recent pieces.

Polymer and Felt jewellery

Spirals phone caseSince I discovered polymer clay to make a couple of buttons and beads for felting projects a while ago, it’s been calling to me quietly from my craft box.

I’ve been wanting to have another play with polymer clay and have been waiting for the right time and a touch of inspiration.

Like felting, polymer clay has got great potential in terms of colour mixing and versatility of design.

Last night after my friend left to go home to Brisbane, I took out my polymer clay in a selection of colours and a piece of maroon felt that I’ve been using lately to cover books with. I love the colours in that piece so much, I wanted to put it to more good use.

Taking three colours – red, purple and yellow, I blended the polymer clay in my hands, then rolled it out several times until I had a lovely marbelled effect.  I cut out a couple of different shapes, moulded one on a teapot lid to give a curve resembling an open shell, and rolled the other to create a semi-closed shell. To give definition to where I would place some felt on the open shell design, I cut out a thin strip which I stuck into a ring, making a little scroll that I stuck over the join.

Then I baked them.

I anticipated the end result with glee as I waited for the kitchen timer to ding so I could take the pieces out of the oven to cool.

Eventually they were cold enough to touch and I set about putting the pieces together, with some of the maroon hand made felt and a couple of freshwater pearls to give a focal point.

I realised at that point I need to be a tad more refined when I’m creating the initial shape, and if I want a smoother surface, I’m going to have to pay more attention to detail.  But you have to remember, this is only the second time I’ve made anything out of polymer clay, and while the finished products to a trained eye will most likely look fairly ‘rustic’, I regard this as a successful experiment.

To draw my critical eye from the slight imperfections on the surface, and not having any polymer gloss in my possession, I did what any self-respecting impatient artist would do and reached for a bottle of clear nail varnish.

Several coats later, I had a gloss finish to those babies that would give epoxy resin a run for its money.  The glossy surface really sets off the matt of the felt too.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my two pieces of polymer and felt jewellery.  It’s a definite outlet for more creativity, and a lovely way to mix media.

Here are some photos of the finished two necklaces.

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