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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.

Rebecca’s Research

The bottles in this piece are a tiny part of the more than six thousand specimens my daughter collected for her PhD study. She is an entomologist, community ecologist, and plant-biochemist.

Initially, the “Rebecca’s Research” project was an attempt to create awareness of the complicated, lengthy, detailed, and often tedious process that it takes to become an expert in any given field. Advancing science cannot be rushed. Nature’s timeline bends for no one. During the pandemic, however, the focus on how science is observed, studied, defined, learned, and proven over time becomes even more important. Understanding the difficulties of discovering a new path means understanding that reliable answers can’t be rushed simply because of the urgency of the issues.

Appalachian Craft and Culture Fellow
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
September 1, 2019 to November 10, 2019
Spending three months of uninterrupted time making things at such an inspiring, creative school known internationally for its outstanding programing was so much more than just a dream come true. I went with no expectations of the outcome, just a process I wanted to explore. These vessels are just a small part of what I made. I explored different weave structures using in part naturally dyed yarns, then pushed the boundaries of what cloth would adhere in the Nuno felt process. Surprisingly, the pottery classes had the most influence on the process and shapes.
(photo credit: Robert Batey Photography)

Underwater
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.

Underwater
Underwater
detail with shadows
detail with shadows
Side detail
Side detail

Weaving for felting
as seen in May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven Magazine
http://www.weavingtoday.com/blogs/handwoven-issues/archive/2013/05/15/handwoven-may-june-2013.aspx

Black01
Yardage for the Black Vest is the first of a three part project
Black2
Green01
Next off the loom is yardage for this green button up vest. The warp is resleyed before weaving.
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The final project uses handspun designer yarn. The warp is resleyed before weaving.
The final project uses handspun designer yarn. The warp is resleyed before weaving.
More weaving for felting. Yardage for moldy pumpkin vest before cutting.
More weaving for felting. Yardage for moldy pumpkin vest before cutting.
close up of yardage
close up of yardage
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Finished vests and scarf woven from the same warp.
Vest with "woven for nuno" yardage and felted scarf.
Vest with “woven for nuno” yardage and felted scarf.
Nuno Felt Jacket Nuno felt jacket photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Nuno Felt Jacket
Nuno felt jacket
photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Felt Jacket wool, cotton, silk photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Felt Jacket
wool, cotton, silk
photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Nuno Felt Shawl wool and silk photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Nuno Felt Shawl
wool and silk
photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Nuno felt vest and scarf wool, silk photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com
Nuno felt vest and scarf
wool, silk
photo by: http://www.burlphotoart.com

Nuno Felted yardage

Nuno Felted yardage
Nuno Felted yardage
"Coral Reef" with reflective yarns and e-textiles
“Coral Reef” with reflective yarns and e-textiles
Under Scrutiny
Under Scrutiny
Detail
Detail

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