Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Inspiration - Felt Artists

I've recently found three felt artists who greatly inspire me!  All three create their felt by hand and are able to put such light into their work that I'm amazed it is solely felt.

Written in Stone IV

Sharron Parker's felt seems to glow from within.  She's inspired by what she sees in nature, not trying to recreate what she sees, but creating something new.  The piece to the right is from her Earth series - her website gallery also has series on Light, Living Things, and Color.  And if you're in the area, she'll be exhibiting at CraftNEWYORK 2011 April 1 - 3 and presenting a workshop at the Surface Design Association International Textile Conference June 7 - 8 in Minneapolis.

Willa of Whim

I love Michele Dodd's work - the colors, the way she uses light, the sculptural fantasies, everything!   Her website has many felt sculptures and hanging pieces (the depth on these is wonderful), plus her paintings.  It's a fun site to spend some time exploring.

Chroma Passage

Chroma Passage by felt artist Janice Arnold has to be one of the most amazing things I've seen for quite some time!  I had to keep reminding myself that she makes all her felt by hand.  This was installed in the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Michigan) last year - videos showing the two months it took to install compressed down to 7 minutes and a short viewing of the work, along with photos of the passage can be seen on Janice's website here.

Palace Yurt
Janice's Palace Yurt might be on exhibition at the San Franciso Museum of Craft and Design - it's on her website, but I couldn't confirm it on the museum's site.  This was originally installed at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York in 2009.  See more information on it here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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