Friday, July 11, 2008

Felt at Convergence 2008

Here is a list of the felt pieces from the exhibits at Convergence 2008 held in Tampa. It is possible to buy a CD with pictures of the exhibits from Handweaver's Guild of America. However I just went to their site and it wasn't listed yet in their online store. You could give them a call or email if you're interested. (1-678-730-0010 I have noted award winners when I knew them. I didn't know them for each exhibit.

Eye of the Hurricane (Felt Exhibit)
Big Wave by Diane Ashley-Smith
Looking for Earth by Joanne Circle
Collecting As I Go by Joanne Circle
Continuous by Amber Corbett
Ebb and Flow by Sharon Costello
Vortex by Anne Flora
Prospero’s Wedding Gift to Amanda by Anne Flora
Tropical Dew Vessel by Sharon Goeres (Honorable Mention Award)
Eye of the Storm by June Jacobs
Windows by Marty Jonas (1st place Award)
Packaging by Lisa Klakulak
Worn by Lisa Klakulak
Bubble by Lisa Klakulak (2nd place Award)
Stepping Stones by Darryl Lancaster
Second Time Around by Darryl Lancaster and Piroska Toth
Storm Delta by Lara Magruder
Calm Relief by Merja Markkula
I’m Ready to Build My House Even On The Sea-If Needed by Merja Markkula
Memories of Summer Calm by Pat Spark (3rd place Award)
Hurricane by Roz Spier

Salsa y Salsa
Hot Chili Pepper – necklace by Giovanna Imperia
Fiber Music Series: A Small Symphony by Anne Flora
Fiber Music Series: Annie E’s Song by Anne Flora

Pearl in the Oyster
Aycayia-She Who Sings Sweetly: a Caribbean Mermaid’s Ceremonial Headdress by Anne Flora
Tropical Hat by Sharon Goeres
Untitled Ensemble by Lisa Klakulak
Klimt Cuff by Lisa Klakulak
Creviced by Lisa Klakulak
How Wild is Your Joker? by Eulanda Sanders (maybe felt, maybe something else)
Murky Meadows by Eulanda Sanders (maybe felt, maybe something else)

Dance of the Flamingos
Starry, Starry Night Dancing Dress by Anne Flora (award winner)
Flamingo Headpiece by Sharon Goeres (award winner)
Coat 1 by Rose Jurisich
Coat 3 Reversible by Rose Jurisich
Ode to Miss Joy by Kay Lange (knitted jacket with felted accents)
Anam Cara by Kay Lange (woven jacket and hat with felt buttons and accents)

Small Expressions
Entrapment by Lisa Klakulak
Shaman by Pamela McGregor

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Watercolor-Felt Tulips 3 In Process

I just returned from the Handweavers Guild of America Conference (Convergence) in Tampa. I really enjoyed myself there, although I did work very hard. I taught a 3 day workshop, a 1 day workshop, and 4 seminars. The big excitement was that my artwork was picked to be on the cover of the Gallery Guide! (The piece is called "Brooklyn, Disparate Parrot" . You can see a better picture of it on my web site, or link from the picture at the bottom of this blog.)
And another one of my pieces was on the inside, as an example of the felting exhibit "The Eye of the Hurricane". I won third price in that exhibit, which was also very exciting. The piece is called "Memories of Summer Calm". In fact, felt did well at Convergence. Two out of the five awards in the fashion show went to felt pieces. (By Sharon Goeres and Anne Flora). Lisa Klakulak won an award in the Eye of the Hurricane Exhibit as well as (I believe) in the Small Expressions exhibit. Sharon also won an award in the Eye of the Hurricane Exhibit. Sorry, I can't remember the other winner in the felt exhibit.

After all of the teaching, I was exhausted when I got back and I've spent the last two days relaxing, unpacking, doing laundry, etc.

I've made progress on the Tulips 3 piece. When I do a Watercolor-Felt:
1. I start with a base of pre-felt that I add impressions of color to. These impressions are based on the drawing or photograph I'm using as inspiration. I look at the image and then use a felting needle to put a blurred, out-of-focus version of the image on the pre-felt base.

Above: Drawing of Tulips 3

2. I then wet felt this base with the blurred image to make the backing more solid. See the felt at this stage at the right.

3. When the felt is dry, I begin adding more precise shapes to the image. I start with the shapes in the background and work my way forward. See the leaves in the photo below.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here is a picture of some of the merino top I dyed for the tulip piece. I have been busy framing two other works so that they can go off to Convergence in Tampa. I have been photographing the process I use to mount and frame my watercolor felts so that I can include it in the lecture I'm giving at Convergence on "Watercolor Felt". I had a terrible time today with the sun coming in and out of the clouds as I was trying to photograph on my porch! Usually Oregon has great, evenly lighted, overcast days. But not today!

I hope to get the drawings of the tulip piece scanned in a couple of days. And to photograph the piece as it has progressed so far.
More to come.......

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Tulip Piece in Process

I have a commission for a wall piece similar to one that I made previously. (See photo at left.) Since I never do the same image twice, this new one is going to be slightly different, but have similarly colored tulips (reds and pinks). (To learn more about the original tulip pieces, go to:

To begin this piece, I looked through my files to find images of tulips that I liked. My friend, Kathe Todd-Hooker, had taken some pictures last year at the Woodburn Tulip Festival (Oregon) which had some wonderfully shaped tulips. But the colors were wrong. So I walked around my neighborhood and took photos of red and pink tulips, from several angles in order to get a sense of the colors I wanted to use.

Using these photos, I dyed several pieces of white merino top, in the possible colors for the piece. I also dyed some merino top in a variety of greens for the leaves. When I am working on a piece, I'd rather have more colors than I need to choose from than not have enough. I never know exactly where my mind is going to take me while I'm working, so I like to have lots of possibilities to choose from. Besides, there's always a use for dyed merino top in my felting studio!

More to come........