Art Competition – Women’s Spaces

For this piece I worked on the opposite to space – which is matter, and then by extension I thought about what ‘matters’ to me as a woman and then the spaces in between the ‘matters’ evolved naturally and so I worked this into a textile piece of felted and embellished frames with the ‘spaces’ represented by pauses between the frames. There were nine ‘matters’ and ‘spaces’ in total beginning with GRADUATION (keys opening doors, maps of plans, a testeimonium…..much promise and potential) then a space entitled EXPECTATION (reflection) then ROMANCE (red rose, lace, gold rings, flowers) then a space entitled CONTEMPLATE (space and reflection) then PARADIGMS (building a home, planting a garden, making plans) then NAISSANCE (birth of babies, beginning of new life, pacifiers, nappies) then NURTURE (helping them grow, stick figures, crayons and school) then EMANCIPATE (opening bars of Birth of the Blues, a keyboard and letting them take flight) then a space entitled WORRY (that one is obvious) then NURSE (I had lost my dear Mother the year prior so this frame includes an embroidered elderly hand, an embroidered ECG, circles – wheels and of life) then a space entitled REFLECTION and finally APPRECIATE (an embroidered layer of lightly felted muslin almost in flight) 20140903_120432 20140903_120416 20140903_115953 20140903_120013 20140903_120043 20140903_120032 20140903_120126 20140903_120242

One Red Thread Art Competition

The Power of Red was the theme for this competition and so I selected the Saving Power of Rahab’s Scarlet Cord. I began with a base of tea dyed cotton muslin and felted raw alpaca fibres for the background. I printed passages onto calico from Joshua Chapter 2 and Matthew Chapter 1 where Rahab’s name appeared and placed these beneath deconstructed holes in the muslin. Then calico blocks were quilted onto the walls of the city and all of it was free hand embroidered. The whole piece was then framed with layers of various textures and colours of fabrics.

background

background

adding cornerstones in calico

adding cornerstones in calico

finished piece

finished piece

frame detail

frame detail

The Artist’s Statement was as follows:-

Rahab savoured the ‘power of red’ when she obediently displayed a scarlet cord from her window. As her city Jericho fell, she and her loved ones were spared.

Tea dyed cotton muslin, nuno felted with alpaca – raw and eucalyptus dyed, freehand embroidered with jute and cotton. Backed with plain/printed calico.

 

Felting Studio Table Design, Construct, Cost

After a sudden and unexpected relocation to care for an elderly relative I lost my felting studio work space. Ok it was just a table and some hanging things with all of my lovely fibre but none the less I felt very disconnected. Thankfully my builder husband was able to solve my dilemma. We managed to finally retrieve the craftwood table top which measures 3mts X 1mt approx from our old place and bring it to the new residence. It came from an office furniture place and cost $50 and it is very heavy – the two of us struggle to shift it. Is sealed with a clear finish and is a great smooth work surface, no problems with water and withstands the rigors of rolling and fulling I was thinking though that an old dining table top or even timber planks screwed, sanded and sealed could work too. Now we just have to put it on something.  

I have been allowed to take up half of the double garage for my studio space and it is already lined with shelves (alas I can only have some of the shelf space) but I have the side facing North (I live in the Southern Hemisphere) and it has a glorious window in it!!! I am so happy and excited to be getting my studio resconstructed. I wanted to share this with other felters who may struggle with the cost and space as well. So now how to support the heavy table top……this is where the builder came in……wooden pallets turned on their side minus one rung. I found three of these down the road on a construction site and politely enquired if they wanted to get rid of them for free……which they did – said they were happy to let me have as many as I wanted. My builder is going to cut one rung from the pallet to give me the correct height and then set them on end on a slight angle to the table top as they are a few centimetres too wide. He is then going to stablise the whole structure by inserting shelves through the rungs and nailing them off as well as putting some timber trims either side of where the top sits on the pallets and then screwing them off.. Now this does not require  tradesman-like skill as long as you can handle a saw and a hammer and nails and screws and a drill – nothing too difficult for anyone who tackles fibre felting! I thought the pallet idea would be one worth sharing as they are often available free, create a strong support as well as offer great storage opportunity for adjustable shelves. I will try to post some pictures of the completed table.