Sunday, 19 May 2019

Feltrosa 2019

A very short report on Feltrosa 2019 festival. "Short" because I've not done any workshop this year and do regret about it!
The event was held in a lovely (although remote) location in Arezzo region. The exact place was small town/village Stia-Pratoveccia. An area of extraordinary national beauty! The area is famous for its Casentino wool fabric and has a great museum of wool and its production.

Apart from historical and technical stuff there was a small exhibition of work some felt artist. It was very impressive but I've not make a picture of  a label apparently so I do not know the name of the artist! Shame on me!

Back to Feltrosa itself.  There was an exhibition of felt pieces as well:



There were workshops and a social programme as usual. I didn't take any workshops but the results of one in particular had caught my attention and I think I should have done it even if it was about eco-printing! I have nothing against eco-printing, it's just the area I'm not interested in. But this particular workshop by Jade Aukin was about eco-printing on leather and results were stunning. And I missed it!

That's it for now!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Seed Pods

This three pieces are all hollow items imitating seed pods and a fruit. I really enjoy making them. More to come!

Monday, 29 April 2019

Some more shell works, now on a slightly larger scale:

Monday, 25 June 2018

Autumn-Winter Events

We are nearly in the second part of the year! Time flies...

I have the most of September-December events confirmed. They are mostly the same as the last year with one addition and one miss (probably). I've decided to try and go farther afield, meaning out of  the region where I live. The reason is that being an active feltmaker and selling at many events in the area means that the number of potential customers of my most popular products goes down. Obviously who needs three glasses cases  😖! Fish is a different story because there are people who buy two and more easily. So all this considering I added a new event  - Kendal Wool Gathering in October and am going to miss ETSY Made Local event in December.

So this is my list of events for the autumn-winter part of the year 2018:

September      29-30    Masham Sheep Festival  Masham
October           27-28   Kendal Wool Gathering   Kendal
November       17-18   Crafts in the Pen  Skipton

Once a month is more than enough I think 😊

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Feltrosa 2018

This is my third event and I like it the most! May be because it is the recent one 😊!
I've already written about a beauty of Italy, delight of Italian food etc See my posts about Feltrosa 2016 and 2017.
What was different this time and why I like it so much?
In random order:
- the workshop I've taken was a great success;
- the exhibition of white felted items was amazing;
- the extra talks on local silk production and an exhibition of textiles in futuristic style was interesting although some extra info in English would have done a lot of difference.
         Workshop of Esther Weber on mini textiles.
I was uncertain about this workshop because for me it was a tricky timing and now I'm so happy that I did it!
The workshop itself was organised perfectly and results were fantastic. The first day was about learning technique and by the end of a day everyone had a finished piece of a quality equal to the tutor's.
For the second day Esther suggested to everyone to do their own project based on the technique learned. And the results were great. And at the very end we'd discussed our pieces, getting advice from the tutor and fellow students. I'm really pleased with the workshop and hope to see Esther at the next event!
Now in more details:
This is our first day working place, everything is ready and Esther's piece as an example:


And this is my finished piece (photographed at home). Very pleased with it!

For the next day project I'd chosen this beautiful picture of wasps' nest as an inspiration and this is my piece, rinsed and shaped properly:
 I want it to be asymmetrical and in a shape of a ball (at first it was in a shape of a vessel but I reshaped it at home).

 See below a picture of all items together, just before the end of the second day of a workshop.
I know that the every participant has learned a lot and enjoyed the course very much. Thankyou to Esther for a great  workshop and to fellow students for a fantastic atmosphere!
Just a few pictures of other courses:
A lovely owl portrait made at the workshop with Anna Esposito
 An exciting moment of unfolding indigo eco-printing:

   Now about an exhibition. Last year at Feltrosa-2017 there was a workshop with Maria Jose Troncoso making wool bas relief. I liked it very much but not only me apparently! A few Italian felters (seven, if I'm not mistaken) created twenty (!) relief panels, all in white and with botanical paintings as a reference. The bus relief technique of a previous year was an inspiration but every artist developed and adjusted it to their design and produced stunning pieces.  See them below. Unfortunately, there are fewer than 20 pictures just because of my poor skills as a photographer.