More years ago than I’d like to admit, I did a collaboration piece with an artist friend who wanted to embed rocks into felt. After months of experimenting with making heavy weight felt, I finally succeeded. When the project was completed, I decided to change directions and go lightweight. Every time I think I’ve made one of everything possible in nuno felting, I find something new to try. Combining color and texture are like painting with wool and cloth. Shaping garments by shrinking selected areas is akin to sculpture. It’s been a fascinating journey. I love passing on these hard won skills in my classes. I gain energy from the smiles and enthusiasm students generate while working on their own creations.
Gallery show at Rangsit University
Jan 21 – 27, 2014
Visits as a longtime volunteer at the Tennessee Aquarium have peaked my interest in the endless variety of colors and shapes found in the aquatic world. An Aquarium art exhibit by glass artist Dale Chihuly, the recent display by mixed media sculptor Lanny Burgner, and an Imax show on coral reefs that highlighted the work of Jason deCaires Taylor as well as the many plants and animals all informed the piece.
The pieces with lights are felted in underwater inspired 3D shapes. The floor to ceiling and background pieces are knitted. The wiring is made from crocheted wire and aluminum juice cans and connected with conductive thread in many places and solder in a few. Lights are programed on an arduino hidden under a cast paper form.
Weaving for felting
as seen in May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven Magazine