The early spring snow storm on Friday made the trip to Lansdale PA take a bit longer than it should have, but after that it was smooth sailing. The volunteers and students were there to lend a helping hand with any task.
The Select Craft Show is sponsored by the North Penn International Friendship Committee to benefit North Penn High School exchange student programs. Kudos to Bonnie and Ted Knauss for managing this showcase event for a terrific cause. Saturday March 21st marked my first time participating in this invitation only craft show. The fall event will be held on November 21st.
This Saturday I participated in the North Penn Craft Show in Lansdale PA. It was a uniquely pleasant show experience and I met some wonderful new people. After being gone two weekends in a row, my “to do” list is two pages long. No where on the list does it say make a wild new felt art work using all natural dyed wool colours, but that is what I started working on today.
The street I lived on in NJ was a beautiful little path in the woods called Setting Sun Trail. There was a hill to the west covered in oak trees so, ironically, it was impossible to actually see the sunset. My little farm in PA, however, has an incredible view of the western sky in all it’s colorful glory. I am layering wool roving that I dyed using goldenrod, coreopsis flowers, brazil wood, indigo and logwood to create depth in the sky. More images to come as the piece progresses!
This past weekend at the Artrider Show held in the armory in Morristown, NJ, a collector of mine purchased one of my more dramatic pieces – Fairy House Mushroom. This felted sculpture is approximately 15 inches tall and consists of a base representing the largest 3-dimensional wet-felted vessel I have ever made. The wool fiber I used was all naturally hand-dyed using Brazilwood. I carved the door and windows then followed with needle-felted decorations. Inside the house is a needle-felted, multi-colored swirl rug. The cap has swirls on the outside with the underside of the cap being needle-felted, multi-colored stripes.
The collector, who told me she had the perfect location in her home for it, was pleased that it wasn’t so large that she would have to worry about her cat getting into it. Having previously purchased one of my felted cat sculptures, she knew the quality and style that I bring to my work. I am already planning my next mushroom sculpture, but as these are very work intensive pieces, each one is unique and made one at a time.
The Artrider show was a successful event and a good start to my show year! Next Saturday (March 21) you may find me at the North Penn Select Craft Show (Lansdale, PA), my first time being invited to the prestigious and well attended event. See my website http://www.shades-of-nature.com for a full show schedule and links to the event.
Fairy House Mushroom
I just finished needle felting two new blue swirl cats for an upcoming show in Morristown NJ. The 15″ tall cat has a happy smile and purple toes to go with his multi coloured striped legs. Both sculptures are hand felted of solid sheep’s wool. I’ve captured the mischievous look I get from my own cats that appeals to other cat lovers too. The Artider Craft Show
is in the Morristown Armory beginning on Friday March 13th and runs through Sunday the 16th.
You can learn more about my process and art by visiting my website Shades of Nature.
Blue Swirl Cat Sculptures by Linda Doucette