The Wisdom of Wool

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15.02.2015

As Above so Below

The Wisdom of Wool - As Above so Below

the first image where i feel that this is all starting to really speak.
The first (unfinished) wild garment with a backdrop of the constellations .

materials
shetland/gotland fleece welsh mule fleece,,seeds,silver leaf wild.yarrow and brambles,

13.02.2015

mapping the stars

The Wisdom of Wool - mapping the stars

silver leafed seeds drilled,wired and attached to the dark garment in the form of three constellations.
it all feels right.seeds stars ,wild plants,precious metals,fleece,
its all coming together.

12.02.2015

mapping the stars

The Wisdom of Wool - mapping the stars

transposing star constellations onto the breast of the dark garment.

10.02.2015

the night sky

The Wisdom of Wool - the night sky

This was definately a labour of love,each seed silver leafed and drilled,then wired on as part of a constellation.

materials

shetlan/gotland fleece,welsh mule fleece,seeds,silver leaf,silver wire.

10.02.2015

detail

The Wisdom of Wool - detail

This garment was made from several seperate pieces of felt
i then worked them together using a felting needle.
the wide band along the top and down the front is the felted join.

06.02.2015

the studio mid project

The Wisdom of Wool - the studio mid project

i still have plenty of bags of fleece to make use of one way or another.

05.02.2015

the studio

The Wisdom of Wool - the studio

the studio is feeling very productive,i feel as though i am getting into the swing of this project at last.

05.02.2015

finished!

The Wisdom of Wool - finished!

It is difficult to get a clear picture of the piece in my studio,but this gives an idea .
I will back the piece with red flannel from the welsh woolen mill in Drefach.
This fabric will be worked into each piece in the exhibition for its symbolic qualities.

04.02.2015

the milky way in the night sky

The Wisdom of Wool - the milky way in the night sky

This method worked well i think,creating a misty effect and giving the work more perspective.

04.02.2015

The milky way from the back of the work.

The Wisdom of Wool - The milky way from the back of the work.

This was quite a complex process, as the i had to mark the shape of the milky way on the front with pins so that i could read it from the back,then working the fleece through from the back to the front to give the right amount of effect.

03.02.2015

creating the milky way.

The Wisdom of Wool -  creating the milky way.

Working from the back of the piece of work,pushing the white fleece through the back with a felting needle,(i am onto my third packet of them)

02.02.2015

the first constellation is wired onto the night sky.

The Wisdom of Wool - the first constellation is wired onto the night sky.

I feel that this method is going to work well,although it is very labour intensive,drilling and wiring the seeds onto the fabric.

01.02.2015

stars

The Wisdom of Wool - stars

silver leafed,pea, sweet pea and lupin seeds,drilled and wired with silver wire.