Hats, Shoes and Hangings

It’s been a busy few weeks and with the holidays just a few weeks away it is only going to get busier! I have so much to share I’m not sure where to start…

There was the great shoe making workshop with Natalya Brahovetskya and the IFA region 12 ladies, led by Mandy Nash, they are such a cheerful and generous group I heartily recommend felting with them if you get the chance. I am also pretty chuffed with the ankle boots I made too, not sure about the blue laces but I have some purple ones on order.

I have already started the next pair of ankle boots and I’m planning a pair of knee high boots but I will save that for a later post…

I have been making some hats in preparation for the Christmas fairs, these were made from sheets of felt I made for other projects and never got round to using, the first is a flat cap

 

This one is reversible and uses some faux fur I found at Thread thanks to Kim of Flextiles for the free tickets 🙂 :

 

I finished a nuno felt collage that was started at a life drawing session at least a month ago, this piece measure approx 2 ft x 1.5 ft:

And of course I am still attending life drawing sessions although playing more with textiles than charcoal, this piece was charcoal and pastel:

I hope you are having fun with whatever textile endeavours you are following?

So Proud :)

Peta Korb, one of my students from the last concertina hat class got in touch with some wonderful news. She won first prize in the Perth Royal Show for one of her gorgeous felted hats – how cool is that! I’m so proud I could burst! 🙂

Here is Peta’s prize winning hat:

 

 

Mad Hatting

With the online Concertina Hat course in full swing (there have been some amazing hats already and we are barely into week 2 of the felting 🙂 ) I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few of the hats I have been working on over the past few weeks.

 

 

One Small Step…

While I might not be flying to the moon or changing the World, on Friday I took another step towards my dream of achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree. I have been accepted onto the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD) at West Dean College starting in September 🙂

Putting the portfolio together was quite a challenge for me, partly because my non-felt pieces are few and far between, making it difficult to select pieces that I thought were either good enough or had a story to tell, and then there were the decisions about order and layout…

While there are plenty of sites offering an opinion on how to create a portfolio for interview there aren’t many examples of actual portfolios so I thought I would share mine in case it is useful to other wanna-be students, not that my portfolio is a beacon to be followed but it was good enough to gain entry to a foundation diploma.

Drawing with non-dominant hand
Drawing with both hands

The most useful piece of advice I was given prior to my interview was to only include pieces in your portfolio that you feel comfortable talking about, i.e. why did you include it?

 

A Few More Screen Prints

These are on a variety of backgrounds, some monoprinted during the workshop with Annee Robson and rescued from the reject pile. Apologies for the quality of these photos they were taken in a bit of a rush

I’ve been attending a life drawing class since April, sharing some of those pieces is a little overdue….

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