Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Creative Felt Gathering Part 2

I learned a lot at the Gathering. People from the Ohio, Michigan, and surrounding areas are nice. Having Fibromyalgia I should not have driven ten hours by myself. Felting is something I love to do with other people.

I have finished enough of my cuff to post a picture. I made this in a class, where we first picked a piece of glass that Jone had made in advance. Then Pam MacGregor taught us the cuff part. Although green is not one of my colors, it did look good with the glass piece I selected and I was able to add enough blue to like it a lot. The other Linda gave me some fun metal beads to add to those I had and it enhanced it. I need to add a few more.
A little about Fibromyalgia for those who are not familiar with it, what happens is it causes much pain for a person almost all the time. Sometimes, the lining between my ribs becomes painful and it is hard to breathe which makes me hunch which makes my back hurt.  I get foggy in the head when I am tired. Pain makes me grumpy.  Different parts of me hurt on different days.  I cannot ignore this but have to find ways to incorporate it into my life. I went to bed early there which helped. Sometimes the pain and I have very different ideas on what we want to do.  I ended up leaving a very fun event a day early because of that.  Next year if I go, I will either not drive the entire way myself, or I will plan to go early and allow a full day of rest before going to the gathering. 

One of the days I did really well (pain wise)was on Wednesday when it was a day off for the regular teachers.
In the morning Amira Mudfaery taught us a technique using chicken wire. I did a fish because that was the first thing that popped into my head.  Then she showed us a technique using roving, wire and a drill. I was not sure what to do with that one, so I decided to make a habitat for my fish. I was really happy with the end result.
I need to take a better picture so I can send her a copy.  Its been a long time since I have done sculptural work and I really had fun doing it. I am slowly finishing up my pieces this week and will post more as time goes on.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Creative Felt Gathering 2011

I survived the Creative Felt Gathering in Michigan. It was fun, exciting and exhausting. It was about a ten hour drive from Pennsylvania to Michigan, just me and Gumby. Here is Jone, Pam and Elis at the welcome meeting.

 Gumby working hard rolling my felt for me.
Almost finished piece that I did in Elis roving class. I wish I was not so tired that day or I would have done something different.

 The class with MudFaerie was tons of fun. I need to take a picture of my piece from that class.

My mittens that I did with prefelt with Jone. This was fun and I need to make more mittens.

Then the resist dying class with Chad. Like opening a surprise package with every one.

Really foggy on the way home. I left a day early because I was so exhausted from the drive there that I knew I would not be able to work on Monday if I drove ten hours on Sunday. . More details later......

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nature's weaver

I am amazed by spider webs and how beautiful and effective they are. This one, was built this morning just outside my front door.  I walked by it and did not see it until my daughter pointed it out to me from inside.
Not only was it a beautiful web but unless the sun was hitting it just right it was invisible.  An effective trap.

And then it was gone. We did not touch it but it is almost like the spider dismantled it and moved on.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chickens on my mind

I need to make another piece for the creation myth exhibit for the NEFG show next year and was talking to my artist friend Lori. She is currently doing pottery so I was thinking of incorporating felt and pottery. Thus the above was born.  Its Chicken legs with holes for me to attach felt to the top.  I cannot wait to see what it looks like when it drys and is fired and I finally get it to work with.  I already have a name for the piece but am not telling yet. I am excited about this collaberation.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baltimore Grand Prix and MICA

We took a trip with friends to Baltimore for the Grand Prix and added in a tour of Maryland Institute College of Art.  My lovely talented daughter has this on her college list. Very nice school. I like the public transportation and the downtown area seemed nice.

Now on to the Grand Prix. What a great time we had. Traffic getting in was not bad at all, we were able to walk everywhere or take public transportation.
Great fun

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Exciting things in my future

I talked to my girlfriend Lori today in North Carolina and we are collaborating on a felt-pottery piece.
 Lori is an awesome artist and I cannot wait to see if our idea comes to fruition.  That's all I can say on that for now.

In a few weeks I will be going to Michigan to the Creative Felt Gathering and taking workshops with Elis who I am so looking forward to meeting. I just love the giant felt viking ship she has done and her current Burrows Project. Just awesome.
Chad will also be there as well as a few other teachers that I cannot remember right now. A week of felt immersion. Yahoo.

In October I am taking a day class with my wonderfully talented daughter Julia and we are learning Mono-Type from Stephanie Nadolski
Her work is very beautiful and I am wondering how I can incorporate this into my felt work.