a new series – winter chalk

This past weekend I worked on 3 new pieces of felt.

I laid them all up at the same time, felted the first and then waited another 24 hours before I did the last two. Working like this I was able to get a feeling of how some of the new materials I have been using work, and how best to use them.

I wanted to try out some of the new things I have bought including more experiments with the wool neeps, the uncared fleece, and the dyed alpaca. This is the first piece I worked on,

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It worked quite well, but the actually piece of felt did not end up in the shape I wanted which was longer and narrower. It also lacks definition in the areas where I wanted it, I think this was due to my being too concerned with overloading the piece with details. So at least from this I learnt, and I stepped back from the other two, and had a think and a  bit of breathing space.

After a day I looked at the last two pieces, and started to re-work them, and adjust the features in them, and add more detail and colour.

This is the second one,

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To me this had developed into more of the piece I wanted, like a piece of chalk with moss growing and the weathering effect that you get on chalk.

I really like it, and I want to take some more detailed shots of it, when the lighting is better.

I then turned to my last piece, which again, follows the walls of chalk that I grew up around. This piece, I really re-worked, overlaying a section with new details, particularly the uncarded fleece. I really like the depth to this piece, here it is,

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I’m very pleased with the second two, even though the third one is quite colourful, it feels like winter to me 🙂

More soon, I hope!