Sorry for the quiet!

Ask anyone, it’s is really not like me to be so quiet…REALLY!

 

That being said, I have been busy with quite a few things related to my fiber life:

There is a show being held at the gallery of the Art Institute International, Kansas City campus, from April 2 through April 30th featuring the work of educators who also happen to be creators of art. And I wrangled my way into the show! Right now, three of my fiber paintings are being hung for the show beginning next Monday. I would love for any of you who can to stop by and check out the show. There is a reception on April 19th which will have the artists, including moi, in attendance to talk about our work, our creative process, etc. Please cone by-I’d love to tell you about this thing called felt that I absolutely adore!

Art Institutes International, Kansas City

http://visit.artinstitutes.edu/SERCH/Dynamic/multisteptest.aspx?RIFID=2715&SOURCE=PSGSR&CID=GOOGS_AIWA_0911_SRCH_001&type=b&net=search&pcrid=5011801362&keyword=kansas%20city%20art%20institute&rank=1t1&account=kc

 

8208 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, Kansas

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5pm-7pm

Spring Break was last week, and it brought rainy days and organization and preparing for future classes-all in all a productive break! I also laid out 4 felt paintings (although one of them will be a bag, I’ve decided) and topped my last day of break by rolling out all four paintings-2400 rolls! I am STILL aching a little from the 4 hours of cardio workout, but the results are great. I am working on the embellishments now, and will have pictures to post within the next couple of days.

 

So-that’s what I’ve been up to, what have YOU been felting?

 

Anna

 

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Darkened Room day-still have work to do!

So, day 1.5 out of the past 3 days with migraine, and it is subsiding, thank goodness.  However, it necessitates spending the remainder of my day in my darkened room. That being said, I have to prepare for a needle felting class tomorrow evening and for another scheduled for Friday afternoon.

So it’s time to gather up the materials and supplies needed for the Cup Sleeve class tomorrow:

mats upon which to felt the sleeve blank

felting needles and needle felting kits

embellishment ideas and options

several cuffs for inspiration

 

For Friday (and I have yet to hear from any students wanting to take the class) I need to gather up the supplies needed for the Create A Felted Creature Class:

mats, kits and needles like the aforementioned class

chenille stems and pieces of foam to use for armatures

poly fiberfill to build up the creature’s “innards”, saving the pretty fibers for the skin

embellishment ideas and options

 

After I’ve gathered up these supplies for classes, I’ll be taking a close look at my felted, or more appropriately, fulled wool supplies. I have a custom order for a bag in purple, and I scored some beautiful wool at Fabric Recycles in Overland Park, KS last week. They are located in the strip mall at 93rd and Metcalf, and they have all kinds of thrifted fabrics for purchase, as well as threads, notions, patterns-pretty much a smorgasbord for fabric junkies like me! I found two beautiful pieces of wool at the shop that I’ve fulled in the washing machine over the past day. The tweed-y fabric fulled beautifully, and I’ll be cutting out the pieces for the bag. We also stopped at Hancock Fabrics where I  found about 4 yards of a wool jacquard in a leaf-y design, periwinkle and copper! The design fulled up in such a textural manner that I know it will make some beautiful bags.

 

So, migraine bad, but spending the day in a darkened room working with wools is a good thing. If you haven’t taken one of my classes yet, take a look at earlier posts for the schedule of classes for March and April and give me a holler at annasplaceofholding@gmail.com to reserve your spot in class. I’d love to share my love of fiber and wool!

 

Until next time, FELT This!

Anna