Posted in Felt, submissions, tagged arts act grant, Carlow, Courthouse Art Centre, Felt, Felting, San Fransisco, silk, Tinahely, Urban Fauna Studio, yak on February 22, 2010 |
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I seem to have picked up a bad cold over the last few days and it didn’t help that I had three individual meetings at the golf club today which were totally necessary to attend. Following on from another excellent ’Pick up your Needles’ at the Courthouse Art Centre in Tinahely yesterday (more details and photos to follow from my felting participants over the next day or two as soon as my cold abates) I decided to stay in my p-js this morning and not get dressed until just before my first meeting at 2pm this afternoon! To wrap myself snugly I wore the yak and silk scarf that I felted with hand dyed fibres purchased from Urban Fauna Studio in San Fransisco and at the risk of boring everyone this fibre is an absolute dream to work with, beautifully soft, warm and flexible to wear. If any of you have access to Blas and Jamie’s wonderful studio/shop do look out for this stunning yak fibre. I know that it had only just arrived in stock for the first time when I visited last September but I guess that Blas should have it regularly now considering there must be a big demand for such a beautiful fibre.
Tomorrow I am going prepare my submission for an ‘Arts Act Grant’ from Carlow County Council. Last year they awarded me E200 for professional development and this was extremely welcome funding which went towards my expenses for the international symposium Felt in Focus. Finances are very tight here in Ireland and it is brilliant that the local authorities are still prepared to fund certain individual and group artistic indeavours to benefit our local community.
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Posted in Felt, tagged Art Festival, Carlow, chiffon, Eigse, merino, mixed media, nest, organic, pod, silk, window, Wollknoll on June 12, 2008 |
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My second delivery from Wollknoll arrived yesterday and I could hardly wait to get stuck in to the box. Not having much free time to mess about I just ripped it open and decided to create a new piece immediately!! The colours of a gorgeous merino dictated what I made, an organic looking pod/nest with a window of silk chiffon. I am going to the Eigse Art Festival in Carlow tomorrow morning and when I return home intend spending the rest of the day felting. Carmen will be over later in the afternoon to collect the wool that she had ordered (came with mine) and I hope to have made another pod and worked on a mixed media piece that I have been plotting and planning about.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Ballybrack, Borris, Carlow, Fabric, Felt, Felting, Goats, Ireland, Jute, Rabbits, Textiles on April 10, 2008 |
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Hi Everybody, Please bear with me, this is my very first blog!
Inspired by nature and the surrounding rural landscape I create simple bowls, wallhangings and wearable items using a variety of felting techniques. Materials used include fibres from sheep, goats, rabbits, plants and found objects. Items may also include silk, muslin, jute or skrim and be decorated with manmade recycled and found items such as buttons.
On Sunday 20th April I returned from a fantastic residential weekend at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow with Feltmakers Ireland! This was a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn from experienced textile artists in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere. Altogether nine members attended and created an amazing variety of finished pieces and samples using the most ancient and up to date techniques, wet and dry felting, embroidery, embellishing and working with water soluble fabrics.
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