Making a felt bag workshop – results are in!

What a great day! The final day of the 30 Day Challenge saw six lovely people join me for a felting extravaganza making bags. I scaled the size of the bag down to ensure that we could finish in time and we managed it, including time for drinking tea and eating cakes! None of the […]

Balls!

Many moons ago I was introduced to the editing suite at college via an early Media Studies course (yes, it felt like a cop-out course because learning really shouldn’t be that much fun, should it?). I spent hours in there reeling the tape back and forth to find the perfect spot for the audio to […]

‘Round and ’round in circles…

I’ve had one of those really frustrating days which leave me feeling like I’ve been bounced between all the “shoulds” in my life; I should get all of the orders from my day job out ASAP, I should answer that phone before the answer-machine cuts in again (you don’t get 19 messages from activity), I […]

Can felters make mistakes?

I was feeling very pleased that I’d successfully made a piece of very fine felt – it was the most delicate to date. I took it to show Demetri who asked a question which left me feeling a little crushed – “How can you get the bubble-wrap marks out?” Looking at the image now I […]

Wonder-woollen!

  It’s interesting how absorbed I have been in the day to day stuff. Here I am getting stuck into my 30 Day Challenge for Screw Work Lets Play and making lists of what I’d like to happen or things I’d like to achieve and when a golden opportunity to tick many of these off […]

A different way of looking at felt

I have a very clear memory of making my very first piece of felt. During my Art Foundation Course at Dyfed College of Art (probably called something more grand now, as is the current trend) I went on a natural dyeing course at a remote small-holding in the Carmarthenshire countryside. It was a beautiful day […]

I have a soft pot for you

To some, writing or creating is like breathing – there is a flow in and out, sometimes more inhalation than exhalation or vice versa, but even though the resistance can be there we can’t help ourselves but do it. I have spent the day itching to be creative outside of work, and succeeded in doing […]

A starting point in felt

Beginning anything can be a painful process. It’s taking that first step into who knows what. Actually committing yourself to doing something, anything can take more force than is absolutely necessary and even when no force is required as it’s just so darned simple I am more than capable of creating a few obstacles. I […]

In the beginning…

One of the most challenging things a painter can come across regularly is a blank, white piece of paper or canvas. How do you break into that perfection, that clean sheet? Some get around it by using tinted paper or brushing a wash over before starting – it takes away a little of the fear […]