Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An interview..................

Hi fellow artists,

Hope everyone's week has started with something wonderful! I just wanted to share an interview that a lovely Canadian lady, Delores, did for me last year. It is now online and if you are interested here is the link "Running With Scissors"

Please note that the photo in the interview of me is about 3 - 4 years old and although I have reached the grand age of 43 this one manages to make me look less than half my years. Perhaps felting agrees with me!

I am off to take down more Christmas decorations - we went a bit silly this Christmas and I keep finding swags of twinkly things everywhere.

Chat soon



Monday, January 10, 2011

Such a fab day!

Dear friends
Well the year has got off to a bang with a class last week and this class here of some wonderful
students yesterday. It is always such fun when friends come together to learn something new. I am certain it adds to the cohesion of friends, enabling them to become even more steadfast.
From left new felters, Joanne, Teresa and Greta.

You are absolutely right - they made some stunning felt!

I am sometimes quite envious of a complete felting novice.
Yes I am content and proud of the knowledge I have gained over many years of felting, still when I think about all that lies ahead for them and the sense of thrill and wonderment which felting does bring, I am just a little envious. They have so many exciting avenues to explore.

This got me thinking about the way we approach our work. All of us - painters, stampers, sculptors, illustrators, quilters, knitters ....................................obviously get into a groove of approaching our projects in a particular way. Should we pause now and then and see what changes we could ignite in our work if approached from a different angle?

This is quite a challenge if you have found a working method that is productive and enjoyable.
And yet, fresh eyes with no preconceived ideas as to the end result, could produce some really remarkable work.
So this is my task this week: to find (albeit small) a different way of looking at the familiar tried and true approach. It may be that I re arrange the studio, work in a new colourway, make something I never have before or tackle a new subject to express.
I will let you know how I go!
Wishing everyone a fun adventure this week as we steer ourselves into the New Year!