New Work: Felting and Eco-Printing

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Here are pics of work delivered to The Gallery Shop yesterday for the November “Fabulous Fiber” display, a special month-long celebration of fiber that features all of the shop fiber artists (hand-made books, woven and felted and knitted wearables, quilted wall hangings, marbled paper and silk… and more). Highlights will include fiber demos each Saturday during November: weaving, spinning, knitting, quilting. Please check The Gallery Shop website and newsletter for details and times.

The first pic is of a double-sided nuno felted wrap, which is constructed of a top and bottom layer of collaged silk fabrics with a thin layer of merino wool in the middle. There are silk nuno felted fringes on one side and holes here and there through which you fashion the fringes to shape the wrap. I have to credit Jean Gauger with the design and for sharing so much about the felting process. Even though I have not (YET) attended one of her workshops, I consider her one of my teachers.

Here’s one side of the design of the wrap, which has a floral theme:

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And the flip side has a peacock design, in colors that harmonize with the floral side:

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Here’s one more detail that shows the richness of the colors. The fabrics include some hand-dyed silks, some from Suzanne Morgan and some from Lori Flood; as well as an eco-printed fabric, one of the first I did on already-hand-dyed silk:

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These next scarves are eco-printed. After four successive eco-printings using various elements that included eucalyptus leaves, local leaves, elderberries, chestnuts gathered in the neighborhood, onion skins… old tin cookies cutters, the lid of a copper vessel, I loved the results. These have been rinsed repeatedly, and the color remains:

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There are so many nuances of color and pattern in these silk scarves, the photos don’t show them very well. I need to learn how to share them more vividly.

These next pics are felted scarves, some of them feature silk and curly wool locks that I hand-dyed. This one has soft yak fiber and some little dots in the surface layer, along with lots of silky fringes and curly locks:

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This one is geometric in design, very soft and light-weight:

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Some are very expressive and bohemian:

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So many blissful hours in the studio. I feel fortunate to begin studio days asking myself “What do you want to learn today?” and to live my life as a student, learning about art making and nature, focused on such beautiful fibers and fabrics. I hope you’ll visit The Gallery Shop during November if you’re in central PA!
There’s quite a lot of wonderfully-crafted fiber art to enjoy:

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Published in: on October 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I love your designs and would like to subscribe to your blog. I don’t know how many words this will take so I will take a chance and begin. You mentioned Jean Gauger whom I will be taking a workshop with next year in Australia (I am Australian). I have seen the results of her previous workshops and after what you have said am eagerly anticipating this workshop. You also mentioned at the top of the page about contacting your home page but I couldn’t find a link?
    Yours in felting, Lindy

    • Hi Lindy, I got your email and hope you received my email reply, in which I explain my process. Enjoy Jean Gauger’s workshop. She is such a creative artist, and a fine and generous-hearted teacher, too! Let me know if you’d like more info about any of my work! Happy Felting!


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