Sunday, June 24, 2012
Stepping into ancient footprints
I have become excited by felt, that centuries-old material traditionally used in cold climates for dwellings, coats, boots, blankets and so on. I am seriously considering working with felt for my major project next year - in the final year of my Arts degree, we have to come up with a project that will absorb 3 of our 8 papers. This project will be lived and breathed throughout that year. Having discovered that I can do anything I want for this project, I'm researching felt artists to get some idea of what is being done in contemporary felt sculpture.
The above sculptures are the work of Marjolein Dallinga of Bloomfelt.com. She is a Dutch-born artist who now lives in Canada. She submitted a prize-winning entry in last year's World of wearable Art here in New Zealand (no photo sorry) and has worked for Cirque du Soleil.
What I love about felting, and wool of any kind, is that there is minimal processing required before use, it is organic and renewable, and nothing is wasted. Wool takes dyes beautifully, and there's nothing I love more than myriads of colour.
Watch this space to see what happens next. Shortly, I'm off to join a felting group for a day of hands-on creativity. I'll take the camera.