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I’ve been away, but I’m back and on a Trail!

I’ve been quiet on the posting front for a month as I’ve been visiting my mum in the UK.

It was difficult to gain access to the internet as, at 92, my mum isn’t on line in any way, shape or  form!  I also spent time with her, my sister and some of my relatives and friends – some of whom I haven’t seen in 25 years, so that didn’t leave any time for felting.  Plus the fact that mum lives in a very small unit and her kitchen bench wouldn’t have been big enough to make anything larger than a coaster, so I left my wool and silk at home in Australia while I went on my UK trip.

I’m back now though, have got over the jetlag that hits you when you’ve travelled forward in time … I think it has something to do with the magnetic fields, but who knows… and I’m ready to get creating again.

My current project isn’t as photo-friendly as my felting, as it is a ‘personal growth work book’.  I won’t share any more details at the moment because it is still in the writing stage and I don’t want to give away any spoilers!

After I’ve got that under my belt, I’ll be focusing on more scarves as it’s winter here now, and I also want to experiment with some more vases as I really liked how the turquoise vase turned out.  I’ll be working towards a local art exhibition in October too, with an auction as part of that, and the vases plus a couple more wall hangings will be projects that will keep me busy from now until then! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves …

One thing I am also excited about though is that I am part of a local arts trail – and we have a WordPress blog called: the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail

We are having our launch dates this June and July, specifically,

22 and 23 June
29 and 30 June
6 and 7 July
13 and 14 July

and if you’re in the area you are welcome to come along and meet all ten of us who are a group of diverse artists, yet who have studios in a relatively compact area.  If you’re interested in meeting us and viewing our art, check out the Arts Trail blog brochure and map.

In the meantime, here are a couple of photos of my recent trip:

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My first wet-felted wall hanging

Here is the felted painting. I will embroider in details when its dry. However, I'm pleased with how it has turned out. I like how the pineapple fields details show through. :)

Here is the felted painting. I will embroider in details when its dry. However, I’m pleased with how it has turned out. I like how the pineapple fields details show through. 🙂

I usually paint in acrylics, but since I’ve been felting for a few years, I’ve exercised my creative juices through wool and silk.

A few months ago I experimented with a felt ‘painting’ of Uluru.  It wasn’t bad, but was rough and ready in a few ways.  However it showed me that I had the potential to turn wool rovings into a recognizable picture.

Today was the day.  I got out my wool rovings, silk tops, silk noile, silk hankies and odd scraps of patterned chiffon and lace and a piece of cream pre-felt.

Then I took a deep breath.

This had been several weeks ‘cooking’ on the inside after I had the desire to make a felt wall hanging, but like any good baby it does take a while to bring it all together on the inside before it makes its appearance in the outer world.

I can’t say exactly what goes on in my psyche when I’m cooking a painting, but I think a lot of it is accepting the idea, pulling together thoughts about what I can make and how I can best bring it into reality.  Then there are the resistances that my desires and thoughts butt up against.  The ones that caution me not to waste resources in case it turns out like a dog’s dinner, or what will happen if I put all that time into creating something beautiful but which turns out like Rosemary’s Baby.

I’m all for fun and like to avoid frustration like most of us, so over the years I’ve learned not to physically start the project until I feel ready.  Otherwise the whole thing becomes an exercise in pulling teeth: very painful and very laborious.

Well enough rambling, I’ve got a few pics to document the process for anyone that’s interested.

You know, it never ceases to amaze me that you can basically start with raw unspun wool, mash it together with soapy water for ages and you end up with a stunning fabric.

Enough said.  Here’s today’s work:

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