Despite the attempt of moths to destroy my well stored supplies of Romney Marsh wool. I’m pleased to say work continues……the process of felting is very sensual, the wool is so soft *cloud-like*, it smells so comforting, the lanolin in it cleans and softens your skin as you work , and then the texture and colours are very seductive. What’s not to like?
The temptation is to go big but making circles of wool, some of which has traits of dye from last summer ie yellow, is a good starting point.
We have recently been working with a local archaeologist who has made us think about how wool would have been sourced from the hedgerow. Also, that sheep stealing was seen as a crime punishable by hanging. There is an original prison cell in both New Romney and Dymchurch that’s has the most chilling graffiti.
On a cheerier note….
We are looking to the seashore for inspiration…..
We are planning to exhibit work that we’ve made using traditional skills and foraged materials…..more details to follow
Another material that has been in storage since last summer is this…
Yes the dreaded couch grass, which has the most beautiful colours and textures….
I’ve been coiling and produced a shape based on the common limpet, which I love collecting from the beach…this is the piece I’ve been working
I’m thinking of giving it more structure by making a willow support inside the shape ie not visible….
While coiling the material I’ve had so many nostalgic associations, the joys of making ……….