I have been thinking, for a while, about doing a series of works representing the four seasons. It is a theme that is often rendered by photographers and painters. At a show this spring a customer had the same idea and commisioned me to do the works. The most challenging piece is the spring request for a cardinal pair with cherry blossoms. Above I am starting to work on the male bird. Below is the result. I think my customer will be pleased!
On the drying rack today, a whole lot of new felted art work! The tulips WERE blooming in Williamsburg last week. When the wind died down I was able to spend a day working en plein air in the Flag Garden. I created two new garden tile designs from that felt designing experience. Some of the other floral designs are inspired by pictures I’ve taken of my own gardens. Yesterday I did all the wet felting and am anxiously waiting for the work to dry so I can begin framing. These new fiber art works will be ready for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman’s Fine Craft Show in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia this weekend May 11,12 &13.
Goldfinches have been constant guests at my bird feeders this winter and showed up in record numbers during the recent snow. Their less colourful off season plumage is starting to change back to the bright yellows and black we most often associate with this cute little bird. They are quite entertaining to watch and seem to not mind my presence if I remain still.
I recently completed a new felted tile featuring a goldfinch on one of my giant sunflower seed heads. It was one in a series of sunflower tiles that I just finished and posted on my website a few days ago. I’ve done several bird tiles but this was my first goldfinch. Based on the immediate success of this first finch tile, I will be making more. Within hours of posting it on my website it was sold to one of my collectors! She is enjoying this little ray of sunshine now.
The new color palette of this felted Garden Impression wall panel was requested by the customer. The pinks and lilacs say springtime to me. The room it was designed for has deep yellow walls so the brighter yellows in the art really stand out. I was fortunate to be able to deliver the commission instead of ship, so she showed me where it will be hanging. I am so happy that she was pleased with the results. This is the first large piece (the felt is 16″x40″) that I’ve framed in white. The framing was a challenge because of the size, but it all worked out!
On Feb 14th while at a show I received a phone call. A fellow artisan had been in my booth at the previous show in Virginia and was quite taken with my hand felted wool art tiles. She was particularly enamored of my new water lily piece. I was pleased with her reaction but didn’t think any more about it, however she did. Evidently she told her mother about the piece and coincidently, her birthday is this week. So Mom made the call and the 12″x12″ wood framed art tile has shipped to NY for a birthday gift!
Picket Fence with zinnias and black-eyed-susans
I’ve introduced a picket fence into my felted wool art piece. It is loosely based on the fence that runs in front of my house and past my garden beds. Recreating flower memories from last summer is a wonderful diversion from the dull winter landscape I can see out the window. My giant sunflowers will be the next addition.
- At this stage of the piece I am placing the distant hills to give the landscape depth. I have combined six shades of wool to give the sensation of space. The tools I use are actually quite simple. I use a flea comb to blend wool fibers to achieve specific tones. I lightly tack the fibers in place using a single barbed needle for detail work and a multi-needle holder for larger areas. Visible also are some of the reference photos I took of my farm that will help guide me.
The reception last evening for “Bazaar,” the new exhibit at Artspace gallery in Bloomsburg, PA was a wonderful success. The response to both the work and the display was very positive and gratifying. It was also a very fun event. Sales have already been good and the exhibit continues through October 4. Please visit the gallery and of course you can contact me about my work by leaving a comment to this post. More about Artspace gallery may be found at http://www.Artspacebloomsburg.com
Linda standing in front of some of her work and that of the two other exhibiting artists.
My “canvas” for the hand felted wall hangings I create is made of the same material I use for creating the design, that is, wool. I make these “canvases” several at a time so that I can work on designs in succession.
To make a ” canvas”, I measure out a certain weight of wool so that I know each canvas will be of uniform density. I use a very precise scale which can handle the needs of weighing wool.
With the measured amount of wool secured, I can then needle felt the wool into the shape and density I need. Not too many artists make their own “canvases,” but for me it’s all part of the creative process.
Weighing out the wool
My newest felted art tiles have been well received and will be a larger part of my line of works. This picture of a selection of tiles was made at a recent show and depicts my 8×8 tiles framed to 12×12 inches. These are priced at $159 with larger sizes available.
Felted Art Tiles