So, I admit that as much as I journal, I have struggled with blogging. My journal entries are too personal for public consumption so they didn't fit. And if a blog post was going to be trite, then it didn't seem worth posting. However, I've had a lot going on my life since my Churchill trip last Fall and it seemed only fair to recommit to maintaining this blog. I'll consider it a writing challenge - to make it relevant and interesting without putting TMI out in the atmosphere!
First I want to show off what I just did last month in fiber. I'd fallen in love with the work of Jaana Mattson and her needle-felted landscapes (see www.jaanamattson.com). When I read that she holds classes in her Uptown home/studio in Minneapolis, I just had to go. I signed up for her two day class and had a blast.
This is my first attempt at understanding her principles of "undercolor" - where layers of complimentary color are put down first and then covered with the ultimate tones. This produces a much richer and more realistic affect.
So, if you could see this in real life, you'd realize that the "green/yellow" field across the bottom of this Day 1 piece, is really built on layers of brown, maroon and olive. The effect, in my mind, was stunning. You get a much deeper and realistic landscape. And the process is similar to what I've played with in layering my glass.
I walked out of Day 1 of the class high on the potential and exhausted from our work.
I should mention this piece is a mere 6" x 4" and it took most of the day to finish.
Day 2 we worked on creating a landscape based on a photo we brought with us. I'd brought along several but ultimately decided to use the Seney picture that had served as my inspiration for the glass piece of the same name. Here's the result of Day 2.
Not quite as polished as the Day 1 piece, but my original image was much more complex and I had to make some challenging creative decisions. I was very pleased with the results. Finished work is ~5" x 6.5" All wool.
So where is this going? I have to admit I'm not entirely sure. When I first started working with needle felting I just enjoyed feeling the fiber and making with my hands. Now that I've seen the potential in the methods that Jaana shared with us, the sky seems to be the limit and I can see working in this way for awhile - either as a compliment to my glass work or possibly as a whole new option.
Oh, and the piece de resistance for the weekend? On my way home, I went by Delphi Glass to pick up my piece, "Seney," that was my entry to the 2017 Art Glass Festival. I was totally surprised to learn that my piece took 1st prize in the kiln-casting division!!!! Not only a blue ribbon but lots of great supplier-provided product as my prize. How cool is that?!
"Seney" - 1st place Kiln-Cast division, Delphi's Art Glass Festival 2017