I hope everyone had a nice holiday and are ready for the New Year.
It’s almost the end of 2016 and looking back on the things I’ve done, there seems to be a few themes.
I did a lot of natural dyeing. Avocado skins, pits and the combo.
Cutch, Rhubarb and Indigo
Under the sea theme
2nd Quarter challenge working with scraps – the former credit card case turned into an ear bud case.
Then the cityscape with scraps.
A scarflette with locks
Crochet piece felted and embellished with stitching
Felting wit my grandsons
Silk scraps into a free motion stitched vase
3rd Quarter challenge adding dimension from Kristy Kun’s class
Ruth’s Paper Lamination class
Teri’s hat class
Mini weaving wall hanging
More work with scraps for a sewing machine case
4th Quarter Challenge with embellishments for a coupon case.
And blue booties for a shower
Of course, there were also plenty of samples during the year including using the needle felting machine to felt some unfeltable fabrics.
A big thank you to Cathy Wycliff for her post on weaving and felting; my sister Carol Olson for sharing her new sheep with us; Nada for sharing her workshop experience in Slovenia; Zara for her posts on Felting on a Trampoline and her Yak, Mongolian, Churro and Zwartables samples; Leonor for her soap tutorial and Terri Simon on sharing her projects from Kristy Kun’s class.
It was a great year for me in terms of learning new things and doing some recycling. How was your 2016 year of fibers?
This quarter has flashed by for me between traveling and taking classes. When I originally thought of the dimension theme, I had something different in mind to accomplish. But as timing would have it, the Kristy Kun’s Texture Techniques with Heavy Needled Wool fell right into the quarter. A few weeks ago Terri Simon aka Meterrilee shared her work with us from the class in this blog. https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2016/09/16/guest-artist-terri-simon-on-dimensional-felt/
It took me a little longer to finalize my projects, but I would say they definitely qualify for dimensional felt.
For the first project the objective was to learn to add vertical prefelt to a square background. There were three different heights of the prefelt and I had no specific plan. I just played with it to try to learn the technique which is much different than anything I’ve done before in wool. I made some mistakes, but learned a lot in the process.
Here is a side view to show the height. This piece probably could have been worked a little longer to smooth it out more and I may try again. But I had to move on to my other projects.
The second project involved joining pieces to each other and being able to use colored batts.
The last project was the flower. This one took the most time and attention. Each petal had to be worked separately a number of times at different stages. It was a very mindful and intense process, but well worth the effort.
For this project there were two sizes of prefelt and a number of different examples of flowers or the ability to create your own. Since I was concentrating on learning the technique, I chose to follow an example. But with all felt projects even though you may be following an example, the end result can be different.
I really enjoyed the class and learning such a different technique. And of course, creating dimension in a unique way. Thanks Kristy for a great class!
Have you finished your 3rd quarter challenge yet? If not, there is still time.
Our Guest Artist today is Terri Simon aka Meterrilee on the forum.
Hello fellow fiber enthusiasts! I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan but moved to Oregon in 2014. I have been felting for about six years, both needle felting and vessels, but my real love is painting with felt and exploring different textures.
Marilyn and I both recently participated in an online class from Opulent Fibers — Kristy Kun’s Texture Techniques with Needled Wool. Marilyn asked me to show my work and I am happy to do this. In addition to telling you a bit about this class, which was excellent, I would like to generate a little discussion about inspiration and the artist equivalent of plagiarism. First the class…
Kristy’s class centered on three sample projects; each project building on the techniques learned in the prior project. The class fee included all materials for the class, instructions and videos demonstrating certain techniques. Kristy set up chatrooms that allowed students to ask questions, post pictures of progress, comment on each other’s creations and get expert guidance, suggestions and commentary from Kristy. You can check out the classes Kristy offers at her website, Opulent Fibers, here: http://www.opulentfibers.com
Kristy creates the most gorgeous 3D wall hangings (among other beautiful things) and I was so excited to learn how she fabricates them in this online class. To see some of Kristy’s work, look here (just wonderful!): http://www.kristykun.com/gallery/ Now you understand why I wanted to learn this technique!
Below are the three sample projects I created in this class. It’s a very interesting technique to attach pieces of heavy weight prefelt fabric to each other. There is a lot of labor involved to ensure everything is tightly attached and felted to a very hard finish. But well worth it! Our samples were a 12” square and each one took several hours to prepare before even before using water. Many students were active in posting pictures of their creations and providing encouragement and feedback to others. Overall, a very enjoyable and educational experience.
Project one: learning to attach the prefelt vertically to a square of prefelt. It’s a weird looking, but the purpose was to learn the technique. J
Project two: learning to attach prefelt vertically and to each other onto a square prefelt. This was definitely much trickier.
Project three: The flower. This was the reason I took the class! If you looked at Kristy’s gallery, you can see all the many possibilities for this technique.
Which leads me to the issue for which I hope to generate some discussion: artistic plagiarism.
I follow a few fiber artists’ blogs and have great admiration for many fiber artists; the moderators of this forum included. To mention a few others that I greatly admire: Moy Mackay, Nicola Brown, Kim Winters, Lyn and Annie at RosiePink, Fiona Duthie, Sara Renzulli, and Andrea Noesk-Porada. I love to look at the works by these artists and I’m so inspired by them. I want to make everything they make! There is a fine line here, however, and I’m mindful of trying not to cross it. When I make something that is very similar (with felt, it is never EXACTLY identical), I certainly would give credit to the original artist if I were to do anything with that piece.
I’ve never sold anything yet—I give nearly everything I make away. But, I hope to sell pieces soon. Anything I intend to sell is going to be, hopefully, solely my creation, (not ones I’ve attempted to copy to learn a technique or just because I loved the item and wanted to duplicate it).
How do you address this? I can needle felt a chipmunk or make a felt painting of a highland cow in the manner of Sara Renzulli and Moy Mackay, respectively. They aren’t going to be identical to something either one of these artists produced, but I was inspired by them in the creation of my item.
Now that I know how to make lovely 3D wall hangings, taught by Kristy Kun, I intend to make larger pieces; similar of course due to material and technique, but they won’t be identical to Kristy’s work. In fact, I will work hard to make sure they DON’T look like her work…but the idea was hers.
Do you mention the artist who inspired the work, when relevant, on items you sell? Do you feel that since no piece is identical in size, shape, color, and texture, that items you sell are your creation and there is no need for mentioning the artist who inspired you? This is a really important issue for me. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
Thank you Terri for sharing your class work and invoking this discussion.