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Felt Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and jetsamThis latest work was inspired by the flotsam and jetsam that is found on beaches everywhere.

I started the project a couple of days ago when I made the ‘orbs’ but although I knew I wanted a mobile, I wasn’t sure how to start.  So all the bits and pieces to make it lay on the dining room table looking at me for a while.

Last night after looking at the dining room flotsam and jetsam cluttering the table, I went to bed but couldn’t sleep except fitfully. At 1.30am I got up and had completed the mobile in two hours.  I’m now pooped, but satisfied lol.

Taking sea blues, images of shells, seed pods, fishing nets, rope, and seaweed, I felted some ‘orbs’ in blues and added details of wool nepps, shells, polished stones, feathers and other beachy items, glueing where necessary. Then I hung them all together with string and a few pieces of wood and here’s my felt Flotsam and Jetsam!

(The leaves at the top aren’t part of it, they are part of the hanging plant I hung the work from).

This would look lovely in a bathroom, or beach inspired room.  It would also suit a beach house, or holiday home.

New wall hanging – with bobbly bits!

I’ve been waiting for some wool nepps to arrive.

Wool nepps - 'bobbly bits'!

Wool nepps – ‘bobbly bits’!

Nepps are round, bobbly bits of wool that can be used in felting.  Gawd knows which part of the sheep they come from, but since I saw some on a website I’ve been itching to get my hands on some.

They arrived yesterday.

As I’d had a while to let my imagination run riot while I was waiting for Canadian and Australia Posts to talk to each other, I came upon a variation on a theme.  Another beach, only this time, instead of turning it into a realistic painting, I wanted to make it more impressionistic.

What was I going to do with my bobbly bits?

When I saw a photo of nepps, they reminded me of the smooth small pebbles I’d enjoyed sitting on when I was at Monaco another lifetime ago.

In the felt painting I envisaged, these little nepps would make great closeup grains of sand.

I’ve made this one a long, thin wall hanging 27 x 50 cm approximately.  It has lovely bright colours that flow from deep blue sky, to turquoise ocean, to yellow sandy beach, to white dunes with sand and some impressions of grass and rock/shell details.

Nepps layout

Nepps layout

The nepps were a little harder to felt than regular wool tops, but I persevered and most of them felted in.  I rather like the effect.

Ocean Sparkle

While I was ordering the nepps, I also ordered three little bags of different coloured Angelina Fibre.  This is great stuff and extremely reflective.  Less is more with this stuff unless you’re going for a disco look.

I added a few strands on top of the white silk tops that highlighted the waves rolling onto the beach. At different angles the light catches the fibre, and it looks like ocean spray sparkling in the sun.

Tiny threads of angelina fibre on top of the silk tops, to create 'ocean spray' effect.

Tiny threads of angelina fibre on top of the silk tops, to create ‘ocean spray’ effect.

The finished wall hanging

So, here it is, and I’m very happy with the result.  I like the longer thinner shape of this one.

Beach wall hanging, drying

Beach wall hanging, drying

I think the colours work well, and there’s enough detail to make it interesting without overdoing it… keeping it simple.

It is a style I will use again.

What next?

I have another piece of felt batt that I used as my ‘canvas’, so I want to make another wall hanging in a similar impressionistic style.

Not sure yet whether to do another beach scene, so I have a diptych, or a different theme altogether.

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