After spending a huge portion of the long night coughing, I haven't been the least bit energetic. Work on the rug layout that I will be felting, hopefully Monday has been almost nil. For me, this is the time in the project that is either a make or break for a project. I have been out to the studio, added a touch here, taken away something there, blended a color here, added color there. For me, this is what takes my project from "that's good" to "wow!" I am not yet to wow.
I do have to admit that my wow is not always John's wow. And often John will say "stop, that's perfect" and I an driven to do a tad more. My artist daughter always says a good artist knows when to stop. I usually know when it is time. For me, it is like having a meat thermometer in a roast. It's done when it's done.
I have been asked to explain the process of "painting" a picture with fiber. Here is a bit of explanation of what I do.
Here, I am creating a blank canvas of sheep's wool in the form of batts. I then add a second layer from the batts in the lower left corner.
That is the easy part.
Next I begin to lay color to begin the painting. As I said before, this is going to be a primitive looking piece.
Earlier in the week I worked on some felted clothing. I wanted to try to make a shrug. It turned out quite nicely.
This process is called nuno felting. Nuno felting is when you lay your fibers on fabric. I used silk chiffon in this project. Whenever a piece is being made, shrinkage must be taken in consideration. Here you will see that I have laid the silk out and am applying a very thin fiber. This shrug will be very thin and drapey.
Having projects to finish is the bane of my artwork! I have three hats, the shrug and the rug to finish. Next week will be my UFO week. (Un Finished Objects week). I have only Monday through Wednesday to finish everything since we will be leaving for COWS Thursday.
OH, yesterday I said that I could not remember what COWS stood for. Here it is - I sure hope I remember this correctly......Let's try Creators Of Wonderful Socks.
Regardless............this time next week we will be motorhoming! Whoopee!
That's all tonight....be save everyone and God Bless!