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Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair in 2 weeks!

I’m furiously crafting felt ornaments and jewelry at this moment, so my house is strewn with fuzzy bits of wool, thread, sketchbooks, water basins, and baskets of yarn and fabric! A seemingly chaotic, but none the less orderly production. Oh- just remembered I left some little felt covered rocks on the deck. I’m sure the sun dried them thoroughly by now, since it’s just turned dark. I’m excited to make them into necklaces tonight. I’ll also be showing some pieces left from the Fall show as well as some new hanging pieces combining fiber and drawing/painting. Hope you enjoy the preview and stop by on December 1st!

Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm

Artisan Traders at 1274 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC

www.indiecraftparade.com

a Family Production (display booth)

A week or so before the Indie Craft Parade the art pieces were just about finished and . . . oh! I need a booth display! I got some ideas from former craft fair displays and started sketching and planning. Here’s a few ideas I came up with at the beginning.

I come from a family of carpenters, so, when I need shelving and back drops for my booth . . . guess who gets roped into the job? Dad, by brother, and my husband.

And the finished product!

 

Felting process for Indie Craft Parade pieces

So- this is it. The magical process of felting. This most ancient of textiles originated in Asia and Europe. It is still integral to the lives of Asian nomads, since it provides them with both clothing and shelter.

My creations are not integral to my survival, but still let me explore the wonderful sculptural and decorative qualities the nomads employ as well. Though wool (mostly from sheep) is soft and pulls apart easily, felted wool can become an amazingly strong textile in a relatively short period of time. Combine warm water, a fat (or soap), and pressure/friction to layers of wool and it will shrink down or around an object until it is so tightly interlocked that I have to use scissors to take the fibers apart! Pretty fascinating!

These pieces are beginnings of some wall hangings I’m doing for the Indie Craft Parade, which opens two weeks from today!

Here is a sneak peek of my show work:

 

 

Fun at Indie Craft Parade!

Thank you to all who came out to the craft parade today and yesterday! I hope it was very enjoyable- (I know I had fun meeting so many people and seeing beautiful art everywhere). It was a great communal effort.

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I will have photos soon of some pieces from the show. Keep checking back!

My wonderfully supportive fiance made my creative banner

out of season pumpkin!

Back in November I was inspired by a friend to create a pumpkin. Here it is finally! I loved my new sewing machine for the beginning stages and the label.

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A Community

variety yet unity

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Sewing class

I’ve been in a Thursday evening sewing class at Bernina for the last few months. We learned all kind of stitches that I thought were only possible by hand- amazing! I am still a beginner on the machine- but here are some ah ha! samplers we did in class.

freehand!

freehand!

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words

and a ruffle- I like the fabric on this one too.

and a ruffle- I like the fabric on this one too.

Small quick fiber sculptures?

A new challenge I’ve presented to myself is to make small fiber sculptures. I assumed the “quick” part would come with that. But, I’m finally convinced that “fiber” and “fast” do not come together, unless the fibers are left un-embellished. (and the details are what it is all about if you are making something small, right)? All-in-all they are still fun to make though.

If I become impatient, painting is always welcoming.

Here are a few “bits of earth.” Each rock base is approximately 3 x 4.IMG_5996IMG_6023

Progression of "Anticipation"

An overview of a life: what and who comes in and out of that life, what knowledge is gained, both the pleasant and the difficult experiences, the mistakes and the choices: all of these elements change me. Growth is the positive change that results from these influences. Each influence leaves its mark to ensure that my life is never static.

Just as humans slowly change and mature, so do plants. Outer influences transform both forms of life. A seed begins its existence inside a covering. protected from things harmful to its maturity. Here the seed is vulnerable. The seed receives nutrients within the pod designed for its particular stage of development. This protective covering is good.

For my show, I made one piece to “grow” throughout the show. About every other day I added something new. Here is a little of its progression. My inspiration came from many different plants throughout the show and I decided the changes as I went along. Since I also was “wondering” what I would change- this gave the students and faculty in the building the opportunity to have that same “wondering/anticipating” that I feel every time I work on a piece intuitively.

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opening day

mushrooms on rocks

mushrooms on rocks

after first change

after first change: a web of worn doilies begin to cover the ceiling and walls
close-up on some hanging "plants"

close-up on some hanging "plants"

nailing up fabric "fungi"

nailing up fabric "fungi"

the "petal" have opening a bit

the "petals" have opened a bit

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"cultivating" the flower late one night

"cultivating" the flower late one night

time for it to open

time for it to open

inspiration sketches on the wall

inspiration sketches on the wall

what's inside

what's inside

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the last day

the last day

A glimpse of the show pieces

Some of these photos are taken outside in their natural habitat and others in a sterile studio for observation.

like it just landed there

like it just landed there. This is a "Sundew Seed" that is magnified

"Enclosed" is a flower bud that is waiting to open

"Enclosed" is a flower bud waiting to open

and close up (hundreds of french knots have covered it)

and close up (hundreds of french knots have covered it)

"Just Planted" is from a series of six small works

"Just Planted" is from a series of six small works

"Metamorphosis" shows the growth of a mushroom on a rotting (ceramic) log

"Metamorphosis" shows the growth of a mushroom on a rotting (ceramic) log

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"Webs of Growth" contains real roots from my back yard and has "grown" yarn stems and flowers

"Webs of Growth" contains real roots from my back yard and has "grown" yarn stems and flowers

the roots up close entangled in felt

the roots up close entangled in felt

I completely freed my imagination and had fun with this piece. "Symbiosis" shows how many organisms live on and from each other: a phenomonon called symbiosis.

I completely freed my imagination and had fun with this piece. "Symbiosis" shows how many organisms live on and from each other: a phenomonon called symbiosis.

Here is a close-up of a felt piece with mica inside attached to a stick

Here is a close-up of a "A Shelter:" a felt piece with mica inside attached to a stick

"A Shelter"

"A Shelter"

I hope "Growth" makes you chuckle

I hope "Growth" makes you chuckle