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DISPLAY 1:

Felted Pieces.

Personal Mythology
(exploring the underlying truth about me) is the theme
for this series in terms of connecting aspects of myself that are/were
disconnected; the notions of inner and outer guidance, inner and outer beauty;
the multitude of faces I present to the world, and an acknowledgement of
where and who I am now.


 
   


     
      Guardian

  Guardian.

The outer shell is a combination of dyed wool
and synthetic fibres felted and fulled in the
washing machine.
The "Guardian" is natural wool that I dry felted
with a felting needle.




D E T A I L
I did not have a fixed image in my mind when I
began to needle this face. It emerged as I
worked.

 
      Guardian detail


   
     

       
      Sanctuary

  Sanctuary.

A combination of wool fibres, yarn and
embroidery thread wrapped round a circular
form, felted and fulled in the washing machine.
I fashioned the figure from modelling medium.
 
     

       
      Inner Beauty

  Inner Beauty.

Dyed wool and synthetic fibres wrapped round
a circular form, felted and fulled in the machine.
I was aiming to portray an inner richness.
A polished stone rests in the centre.

 
     

       
      Two faced

  Two Faced.

This face is dry felted with a felting needle. The
face emerged as I worked, I added details once
the expression of determination was complete.
 
               
      Two Faced Reverse

  Two Faced Reverse.

This is the reverse side of 'Two-Faced'. Again, it
was dry felted with a felting needle - a more
reclusive, withdrawn impression. Two sides of
the same being, cradled and supported in its
own felted receptacle.

 
     

       
      Emerging   Emerging.

A female felted form, shrouded in metallic,
manmade fibre, emerging from a wool-felted egg.
The pieces were created separately, but fitted
perfectly after being washing machine felted and
fulled.


 
               
      Possibilities  
Possibilities.

Dyed wool, threads, manmade fibre wrapped
and felted around an oval shape. I cut into the
shape to reveal the unexpected and rich
texture inside.


 
               
     
In Native American teaching the West has lessons for us about responsibility;
responsibility for ourselves, Mother Earth and all our relations on the earth.
It's a time of life that people who've been given a vision know themselves well
enough to be ready to share the lessons, where people find out what their abilities
and skills are.
A time when people are not afraid to say something that is unknown or beyond
their capabilities.
It's a time of strength and balance. It's the power of serving: serving with strength,
courage, grace and great ability.

I named this next felt piece "West Wind" before I became aware of these
teachings. This presents me with the notion of the power of our inner wisdom...
of knowing things I didn't know I knew. Of looking at my creations with a different
eye and of trusting my art to teach and guide me.


 
      West Wind   West Wind.

Dyed wool fibre and metallic manmade fibre,
felted and fulled in the washing machine. I pull
colours from my stash intuitively, getting
out of my own way whenever I can!
 
               
      West Wind detail   West Wind   D E T A I L

Once completed, I discovered the face
nestled inside. I worked with the features as I
saw them, with a felting needle.