It's been a very busy year so far and with the Isle of Wight Open Studios just a couple of weeks away there's not much let up! I wanted to try & exhibit some new felt designs this year and I've been experimenting with much larger 3-D shapes & forms, as well as trying different ideas for decorating and embellishing the felt with beads, fabric and stitching.
So here's a quick preview of some of the new work...
After my first attempts at beading I was keen to try decorating some Soft Pots... I love the way the wooden beads and buttons really do work with the natural coloured fibres.
I've machine stitched some wonderful pieces of coloured silk to these new summer bags, again the colours of the silk really compliment the felt. The decorated felt covers on these notebooks make them really special - with some perfect vintage button fastenings!
Open Studios takes place all across the island and it's a unique opportunity to meet the artists and see them at work. I shall be exhibiting this year at the Village Hall at SHALFLEET from Friday 19th - Sunday 21st July. It's a lovely old building just behind the church and a new venue for Open Studios 2013. There's free admission, refreshments will be available at the hall - home-made cakes & cream teas - as well as easy access & parking. There's more information in the Open Studios yearbook available on-line if you follow this link.
The following week I shall be at QUARR ABBEY from Thursday 25th - Tuesday 30th July with the Crafty Artists, and although our exhibition isn't part of Open Studios I do hope you will pop in to see us there.
I will have all these new designs on show and hopefully plenty more as there's still some time to go…
Look forward to seeing you and lets hope the sun keep shining for us!