I’ve been looking forward to seeing Black Sheep: The Darker Side of Felt for some time, and went to it last week to Bilston Craft Gallery, here in the West Midlands. It is a show that has been at the Knitting and Stitching shows, so many people will have seen it, which is good, as it is as impressive as I hoped it would be; it’s a pity it wasn’t larger.
There were also lots of things to handle, which is always instructive, especially with a medium such as this, which is not always as it first seems.
An interesting and indeed at times interestingly spelt history of felt making opens the show, outlining the long and fascinating history of the textile. Here are a few images.
Horst Couture and Marjolein Dallinga. On wall, Maria Friese. .
Above and below, things to handle and read.
A felt bulb, growing inside the box with the flowing locks at the end of the table in the image above.
Foreground, vessels by Maria Friese.
Above and below, Stephanie Metz.
After Bilston the show goes to Oldham and Clitheroe.
I’ve been busy this week finishing a commission in time for Christmas, working on the computer and dealing with domestic occurrences.
During the evenings I’ve enjoyed the nice soft stitching of pages for a small textile book; this is a rare thing for me, as I frequently seem to make work that requires a bradawl and pliers as well as a needle to be hand stitched, together with much grunting and swearing.
The pages are all done now and are waiting to be edged and bound. There will be some text to integrate into the piece too, which I think I may print onto acetate.
Most of the pages. They are about 25 cm square.
The pages and some Bondawebbed fabrics I will be using to edge them, and some text printed onto Khadi paper for the borders.
And below, a couple of close ups.
Leaf, print block and paracetamol packet Gelli print, beads and hand stitch.
And a jolly bird. It’s a thermofax print, with added appliqué, stitch and beads.
Off to Worcester Cathedral tomorrow to see the trees in the cloisters, so expect some dodgy badly lit but enthusiastic photographs in my next post, deep joy.