I have been flat out this week trying to finish my work for Kilkenny Arts Festival which opens next weekend. Most of my pieces are totally wet felted but a couple have some free machine embroidery to add surface detail, I know, I can’t believe I am actually writing that! The exhibition takes place in Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown and I am one of 6 individual artists who all have solo shows under one roof, the setting utilises the various floors of a wonderful grain mill poised on the banks of the river Nore. For anyone within striking distance of Thomastown please do call in during the exhibition and say hi, I will be envigilating on some days (not sure when yet) so if you are interested in meeting up please do email me in advance and I can let you know my schedual!!!
Archive for July, 2011
Posted in Exhibitions, Felt, Felt in Focus, Free machine embroidery, tagged Arts Festival, Felt, Felting, free machine embroidery, Grennan, Grennan Mill Craft School, Kilkenny Arts Festival, wet felt on July 28, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Felt, Felt in Focus, workshops, tagged Clasheen, Felt, Felt in Focus, Felting, felting workshop, FIF, free machine embroidery, Lisa Klakulak, Nicola Brown, The Yarn Room on July 14, 2011 | 5 Comments »
Here is a teaser photo from my main neckpiece completed during Lisa Klakulak’s workshop, more tomorrow!
Thanks a bunch for all the positive comments about my first adventures into free machine embroidery, much appreciated. I really wanted to push myself with the workshops I participated in at FIF but wasn’t expecting to have so much fun with the sewing, ah well, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!!!
Lastly for today, don’t forget that I am facilitating a felting workshop at The Yarn Room in Ashford, Co. Wicklow this Saturday, the perfect way to release your creative inner spirit. Why not pop along for a relaxing day of felting fun???
It’s a beautiful warm and sunny morning here in Roskilde, Denmark so Kirsten and I have planned a morning of relaxing, felting and possibly a really short session of rust dying, heaven!!! I have so many ideas in my head after our wonderful week participating at Felt in Focus and can’t wait to share pics with you tomorrow morning from my own computer, I promise! The whole experience was really something special, obviously the workshops where we got stuck in with hands on tasks was the main reason for attending but the friendships renewed and created were quite special, this event has been so much more than just another chance to learn new techniques. Discovering new ways to end up with old results really did prove that there are many ways to skin a cat (sorry for the dreadfully graphic anaology!) and you definitely can teach an old dog new tricks. I think that I may have a way of making some of the protrusions on my vessels SO much easier to include but we’ll wait and see, plenty of experimenting to come over the next few weeks when I get a minute from finishing my work for the solo show I have during Kilkenny Arts Festival at the beginning of August.
Till tomorrow …..
I spent a wonderful time with old and new friends at Felt in Focus and the journey continues with Kirsten Lund, her husband Niels and Pam de Groot in Roskilde, Kirsten and Niels’s beautiful home in Roskilde near Copenhagen. On Monday I return home so for now I would like to share pictures of the first felt I stitched (I know, STITCHING!!!) using free machine embroidery in Lisa Klakulak’s fantastic workshop, this was originally intended to be a wrist pices but due to miscalculating the shrinkage rate I now have a lovely piece to hang on my wall!!!!!
OK, I need to backtrack slightly because I don’t seem able to upload them from this computer but I will upload them to my Facebook page directly from the phone so fingers crossed you are all buddies of mine there and will be able to view them in a couple of minutes! OK, I don’t know what is happening but now I can’t upload anything to Facebook, have patientce and I will try again tonight.