Third Quarter Challenge – Part 1

When Lyn and Annie announced the Third Quarter Challenge, I definitely felt challenged. The challenge is to create a Cityscape. I tend toward natural inspirations instead of man made inspiration.

It’s not that I don’t have photos of cities, I do. We have been to New York City three times and I do have photos of the city. But the skyline just doesn’t excite me much, especially attempting it in felt.

I then thought about doing something with graffiti. That might be interesting but again, I wasn’t very inspired.

I even considered using a photo like this with rusty bits and natural stone that was taken in NYC but this really doesn’t say cityscape.

Then I started thinking about how I could relate a cityscape to Montana and my surroundings. Perhaps I could do a cityscape of Whitefish, where my store is located? But that seemed too touristy and overdone to me. Then I thought about old west and what constituted a city in the old west. Perhaps I could use a ghost town as an inspiration. I know I’m stretching it a bit but…

Since I have visited Garnet, Montana, a ghost town, I decided to use it for inspiration. You can read about it’s history here.  You can also see some photos of the buildings on that site as well.

I googled Garnet Ghost Town for images and found quite a few of the buildings. But the ones that intrigued me were the night sky photos. And this was my favorite. I ended up printing out several night sky photos as well as some of the daylight photos that showed the main buildings better.

Using the inspiration photos, I drew a sketch of where the buildings would be placed. I also needed the approximate scale of the buildings so I could create prefelt building shapes. The plan was to make the buildings in prefelt. All of the details would be added later with machine stitching. So I had my basic design for my “cityscape”. Not really much of a city but it would have to do! Next week I will show you the felting portion of the “cityscape”.

Have you tried one of our challenges? We’d love to see what you create. Show us over on the forum or if you’d like to write a guest post, just let me know.



About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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8 Responses to Third Quarter Challenge – Part 1

  1. annielynrosie says:

    It’s great that you’ve got that far in the planning … it’s not such an easy challenge as would first appear. We’re at about the same stage as you, having dismissed so many ‘promising-at-first-ideas’!

  2. Antje says:

    What a great idea Ruth. The ups and downs of Garnet’s fortunes makes interesting reading and the night photos are quite eerie.
    We have a few abandoned villages scattered around the UK. Some pre Middle Ages, a couple due to WWII government requisition, a couple of coastal settlements due to sea erosion but nothing like Garnet and the like. Oh yes and one village was abandoned as it became part of a reservoir- when the water is extremely low you can just see parts of the stone buildings peeping out.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Antje, I’m sure the history of your ghost villages is much older than ours here in the west. It would be interesting to see the one under the reservoir.

  3. Jan says:

    i enjoyed your working through what a city is and how to approach this challenge. i have been having similar debates in a geographically different location. even when you have the location figuring out your angle to get the composition you want is a challenge. the repetition of the buildings should be fun and i look foreword to seeing the next steps! Thanks for showing us, now i want to get back to working on my ideas (but after going to my Moms 88th birthday party tonight!)

    • ruthlane says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Jan! Yes, the angle and the perspective are hard for me as I’m not used to geometrical square/rectangular shapes. I look forward to seeing your ideas. Have fun with you Mom and congrats to her!

  4. You are ahead of me. what an interesting idea. I have been looking at pictures on line but haven’t decided yet; coastal town, cliff village, floating sci fi city, termite mound.

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