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Monday, September 23, 2013

New Felt Work

Taking a little break from posting pictures of Newfoundland and showing you some of my new felt work. The first one is fungi from the forest floor on a cast of a friend's body. Some of the fungus is made from wool roving and needle felted and some is Tyvek that has been painted and had a heat gun applied to it. there are other bits and pieces added in amongst the larger bits. The cast is taken from a mold and done in heavy brown paper covered in beads and sprayed with "stone" texture paint and a little acrylic brush work.
The full figure is done in a similar fashion, but this time it's coral. Some is wet felted and some is done with the needle. There is beading, embroidery and a few odds and ends added.

Below is a Hawk Moth made with wet felting and stiffener, wire , and machine embroidery. I plan on doing a whole series under glass like this.

This one is also a coral reef but in a different format. It's all done with needle felting, embroidery, beading and yarn. It was in the Huron-Perth exhibit at Gallery Stratford and won viewer's choice. This piece prompted the curator to ask me to do a large installation  on  a similar theme. I will be spending the next year building an oversized coral reef for one of the rooms at Gallery Stratford. Yeah , my first public gallery exhibition. I'm really excited about this as are some of my closest friends.

The last one is another one under glass but this time it is a forest floor fungi piece built around a found stick. It includes Tyvek again along with wet and needle felting and found bits, embroidery, yarn and beads. I can't afford a lot of actual bell jars so I've been going to thrift shops to find bits and pieces to put together. I do have a couple of bell jars, but it depends on the piece which piece of glass I will use.

I'm currently working on miles of seaweed for the aforementioned exhibit. I'll post more on it later on.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Flowers of Newfoundland

I continue to go on about my trip to Newfoundland, but it was terrific. So many flowers on the roadsides, all over the place really. Here are some. We had just been to Hillgrade for a round of fresh fish and chips and took a little side jaunt to Fairchild and an old wooden church. the area around the church and by the water was filled with daisies, wild iris, campanula and a tiny white flower I don't know the name of .

Campanula at Herring Neck

                                                     Foxglove on the way to Cow Head

Fireweed at Gros Mourne

Picture Plant at Gros Mourne

Wild Roses
By the road at Woody Point

The next 3 I have to research the names of.