I used the traditional wet felting technique which involves 3 stages:
Laying out the wool:
- place your mat onto your towel
- start to pull the wool and lay on your mat all facing the same direction
- one that layer is done pull the wool and place it in the opposite direction
- once both layers are done you can begin placing the felt to create your design
Wetting & Rubbing
- place the net over the top of your felt piece
- pour hot water onto your piece
- using washing up liquid rub with 3 fingers in a circular motion starting from the middle and working your way out
- when your felt is completely flat (with no fluffy edges) pull off the net
- flip your felt piece, place the net over the top and do the process again
Rolling & Ringing
- roll up the felt in the wicker mat
- roll approximately 30X
- unroll and turn the felt in a clockwise direction
- keep going until you are happy with the size of your felt
- if necessary dunk the felt into the hot water and throwing it onto your mat
- squeeze and hang to dry
- when dry I then cut out my butterflies from the original piece of felt.
This was my third time using the process and I got better each time. I feel I was ver familiar with the process and what to expect from it.
All problems were solved during creating the samples so making the final felt butterflies was a very smooth process. I continued to use my source photos to support my work and this is important to do clear detail from the real butterflies.
There are clear artist links in my work as I was mainly influenced by Mariana Popova and Yumi Okita because their focus was insects made from textiles and fabric and this was exactly what I wanted to do.
I plan to display my work in a wooden display case with glass cover and create Latin name tags under each butterfly. Next week I am going to focus on my written evaluation and I would like to finish displaying my work in the case.
Yumi Okita is an American artist who uses various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large, and contain other embellishments including painting, feathers, and artificial fur. She creates large scale insects like butterflies and moths made from textiles, some of these measure nearly a foot wide.
Her work is very much like how I would like to do my FMP. I would like to work with textiles and stitch as she dose. As I am using felt I wont be able to get as much detail however I will be able to work back into them with stitch. The colours and patterns are really inspiring and I would like to duplacte that into my work.
Today I created 4 development samples of felt butterflies.
I have mixed feelings about the results because I could have put more detail and care into them as they were a bit rushed.
The things that worked well are the wire work and stitching. Putting the wire gave the butterfly structure and it helped it stand up. It’s a good way to see what works and what doesn’t work. After having this practice session the lessons I’m going to take with me for my final piece next week are:
-take more time in stitching to make them neat
-think carefully on how to get the butterfly wings symmetrical
-take more time on the felting to get them to the right sturdiness
-because it’s hard to get detail I’m going to focus instead on the colours and shape of the butterfly and then add detail with the stitching
-different colour wire
I had a source image/object to work from and I thought carefully about colour, mark making, media, materials.
For my development samples I did a number of small life size butterflies to experiment and become more familiar with the media I chose. I worked from three different sources and created 6 samples. From my experiments I learned that felt is really hard to work with because you can’t get the detail you need but that is the nature of the material. For my FMP I’m going to try not to worry about the details as much but get the shape and colours right in order to get the impression instead.
Haiku example –
I don’t like the crusts!
I don’t like the banana!
Im not eating that!
Definition of a syllable –
a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno.
Aman Batra – “I Don’t Have An Anxiety Problem”
The propose of poetry
I feel poetry has no purpose as it can be used for a wide rage of things.
Theme – Nature/insects/butterflies
Research – Kendal museum, Newcastle – make sure the paper/print butterflies are evidenced.
Research you could do –
- Pinterest board of artists who use felt.
- Noboru Hoareau – beading insects
Development samples –
- Weds AM – felt making more butterflies – colours, textures, threads….
- Weds PM – embellish and embroidered
Think about –
- Quality – spend time on the felt making
- Embellishment – keep it simple
Final outcome –
- Collection of bugs?
- Asking at the museum if they have an old case or you could borrow one?
- You could install your butteries in the museum and capture with photography.
- Use pins to present and label?
- You could present in a ‘scientific’ case or a dome in a real life setting.