Day two of the Experimental Sculptural Forms Workshop with Mandy Nash and we had a few new faces join us. Those of us doing the two days got straight on with our projects while Mandy talked through the process with the newbies.
Getting down to detail.
A hive of activity!
Several ladies completely finished their fish by the end of the day while I seemed to work flat-out on my vessel but still didn’t quite get done.
A few of the amazing funky fish displaying their colourful gills
It was fabulous how each fish had its own distinct character
Jen’s fish required the kiss of life!
Georgina chose to take her vessel home to finish as she, and Tracy, were keen to use the workshop time to get started on another piece of work which the tutor demonstrated on the Sunday. Mandy hasn’t named this piece but all three of us were excited to see how it was made and it’s something I am intending to have a go at next week.
Mandy demonstrating how she created the wet felted objects displayed on the table.
After getting it home and giving it a bit more pummelling I was really pleased with how my piece worked out.
Mandy Nash is a wonderful tutor and this has to be one of the most interesting workshops I’ve been on. The venue was good, the company was great and hopefully I will meet up with some of you again at future workshops. Oh, and when you do get your vessel and “un-named thingy’s” finished Georgina & Tracy, send me images and I will post them here!
I’ve just made an experimental piece as I wanted to answer a friend’s question which was “will PVA stiffen felt”? I created a very quick wet felted bowl using a single layer of grey Norwegian wool which was lightly felted and then soaked in a 50/50 solution of PVA and water. It was placed over an upturned glass bowl until it dried out. It isn’t rock hard but certainly stiff enough to give it some body. I can’t say that I particularly like it as a finished piece, so it will probably get washed out and recycled, but the PVA did its job so my friend got their answer and I’ve learnt something for future use.
Wet felted Norwegian wool bowl
Yesterday I decided to make another vessel, along the lines of my yellow and grey one, but this time I wanted a simpler, more rounded finish.
I started by making several strips of green Merino, wet felted (very lightly) onto organza.
By laying a sheet of Lutradur over a piece of Vilene and applying paint, the paint soaked through and gave me two options to use as the body of the vessel.
I chose to work with the Vilene and attached the felt and organza by machine before using a soldering iron to make cutouts.
This is the finished vessel.