Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt, an exhibition of contemporary quilts runs from 28 August – 8 September at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery. It includes my artwork:
Wild Lupins #2: 100 x 70cm
The ancient progenitors of lupins appeared in the Cretaceous period in Laurasia and the species has been evolving ever since.
My lupin series also shows evolution. This work involves a change of scale and the challenge of working with a new (to me) material – felt.
I hand stitch the same way as I machine quilt – intensively! Here’s a detail shot:
My goal with this work was to experiment with a change of scale. I started off as a rough iPad sketch.
Converting the drawing into a felt creation involved lots of trial and error.
I learned a lot in the process and am keen to share my discoveries with others in my brand new workshop. Make a booking for 2016 and we can create with felt together! Download: Serendipity Workshops Brochure (PDF).
Felt is a luscious, soft and pliable fabric available in an array of colours. It presents design and construction challenges for makers used to working with cottons but also offers exciting possibilities.
Learn how to create bold, graphic designs in acrylic and wool blend felt using machine applique, butting and inlay techniques.
You will complete several small compositions in a one day class that can be embellished further with hand-stitching if desired.