This and That
A little bit of this and a little bit of that. The past few days in the studio and beyond!
Saturday I participated in the Oak Park Arts District’s monthly Studio and Gallery Tour. Each month the district offers a tour of three galleries with demonstrations and art discussions from the gallery owners. I gave a demonstration of needle-felting techniques. Using a single felting needle, a multi-needle tool and my needle felting embellishing machine I showed how to create sculptural pieces as well as artwork like the wall hanging above. I love the blending of the various colors of wool fibers and the painterly way they can be combined. I finished this piece on Saturday afternoon after adding some running stitches and french knots to add detail and texture. I mounted it to a stretched and painted canvas and titled it: “Monet’s Garden” It is currently available in my etsy.com boutique.
Sunday afternoon I gave a wet felting workshop at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Library. With a group of nine attendees I took them through the steps to lay out their wool, wet it, soap it, rub it, trim it and shape it into a lovely blossom. Each student took home a beautiful bloom!
Monday was the After-School Open Sewing Studio. Next week is our last class and I am starting to get sad already. It’s been a wonderful group each week. (Fifteen weeks of sewing!) The first few weeks the students needed a lot of direction, learning to use the machine and follow pattern instructions. The past couple of weeks they have been working on their own ideas and they have gotten very comforable using the sewing machines without much help. I can’t wait to offer the Open Studio again next fall!
Today I went back to Maze Library and took down my work that had been on display for the month of April. Kristi Sloniger of Moonstar Pottery and I were the featured artists this past month. I like how the softness of my textile work looks when next to the smoothness of Kristi’s pottery. Her colors and textures work well with my pieces. We have worked together in the past on some collaborative wall pieces which combine her ceramic tiles with my felted work.
So, its been a busy few days. What will tomorrow bring? I hope some more time in the studio. I’m humming with new ideas. Today I spent sometime re-organizing so that tomorrow can be productive. My daughter had cleaned her bedroom last week and decided to give away this over-the-door shoe organizer that she put little stuffed animals in. I guess at 18 years old it was time to say good-bye to some of the little critters! Well, I jumped on the opportunity and took it to the studio to utilize for wool roving organization! Ok, the idea wasn’t an original. I pinned it on my Pinterest.com organization board several months ago! But it is a great solution. Now, I can see how much of each color I have and when I’m running low on something! I think I’ll be more inspired to use it than when it was stuffed away in a box.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of this week brings my way! I’ll keep you posted….