Floral felting

This weekend the weather here was dreadful – high winds and driving rain, a typical British summer. But was I downhearted? No I was not, because I spent two days felting. I went to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to attend  course by the fabulous Ruth Packham, learning to combine wet and dry felting. It was a lovely informal course, with everyone choosing a plant or flower to make and Ruth helping us to work out how to achieve our goal. All the wool we used was British and some came from the Cambrian Mountains, making it very local.

Arranged, to coincide with an art exhibition entitled Flora, the course focused on making plants and flowers in felt. In fact, we didn’t exactly stick to the remit, so as well plants, between us we also made a caterpillar, a dragonfly and some coral. I really didn’t want to make a flower, so I chose to focus on something smaller, taking my inspiration from the capsules produced by mosses:

and look at all this that the other participants did…

We also each took home a porcelain flower from the Flora exhibition. For one of the exhibits, visitors are asked to record their first flower memory on a small card, and then to exchange the memory for a ceramic flower. The idea is that this particular exhibit changes over time from a collection of flowers to to a collection of memories… isn’t that lovely? The artist responsible is Clare Twomey:

 

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  1. You HAVE had fun, and such gorgeous results!

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    • You know I dithered about booking a two-day course that was really quite so frivolous, but it was really good fun. I’m thinking of mounting the capsules on a piece of driftwood, as suggested by Ruth.

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  2. The mosses were a fantastic idea, looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Courses like this can be a great source for new ideas. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Ann

     /  August 22, 2016

    That looked so much fun, and all the results were fab. 🙂

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  4. The dragonfly is lovely

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  5. Glad you treated yourself. Fun matters!

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  6. What a great weekend! This is felting taken a step further – love it!!

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  7. This is very inspiring, and makes me think that I need (rather than just want!) to do a course like this! I love your mosses. And I love the idea of the flower exhibit. What a wonderful way to have people interact with art.

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    • I’m very inspired by seeing what it is possible to achieve with some creative use of different felting techniques.
      Oh, and the flower exhibit was lovely… and it was amazing to see how many people had participated and been able to take away their own little piece of it

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  8. What a great day out.. and I loved looking at the pieces you all made. I really liked your idea of making moss capsules, too… They look brilliant in felt!

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  9. What a fun class! I would love to spend a weekend learning more felting techniques. Your creations are lovely and whimsical. Have fun searching for the perfect piece of driftwood. You’ll know when you’ve spotted the perfect one.

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