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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Walk In A Magic Forest...


There is a major textile exhibition on in Norwich at the moment, at the Sainsbury Centre. Entitled Cloth and Culture, it brings together work from Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK. If you can get there, run, don't walk, and plan to spend most of the day in the gallery; there are some very interesting works there. In addition, there is a programme of talks and workshops. I was fortunate enough to spend Saturday working with plastics with Ieva Krumina from Latvia, whose work is for me one of the highlights of the exhibit, and Sunday with handmade needle and wet felt with Auste Juregelionyte from Lithuania, whose energy and enthusiasm for textiles, and felt in particular, bubbles out from every pore.

Magic Forest was the result of an afternoon spent wet felting, which really removed many of my preconceptions about felting by hand. I had a wonderful time, and throughly enjoyed working in a lively, interesting group of people. And I have the feeling that my one wee felting needle will be as well used as my Embellisher in future!

5 comments:

Purple Missus said...

What a fabulous piece of work Marion. The colours are just gorgeous. I bet it doesn't stay in your Etsy shop for long :)
Isn't it a wonderful feeling when a new technique just grabs you?

TracyB said...

Hi Marion, I've tagged you!! I've posted instructions on my blog. Please tell us 7 random things about yourself. Thank you!!

spiralsun65 said...

That piece of felt is lovely, Marion. Here's the link to my blog post about our trade, if you're interested:
http://spiralsun65.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-first-trade.html
Karen

Jean Levert Hood said...

Marion, this is wonderful work. The colors are so rich!

nevuliene said...

You will be spot on about the single needle - and now you know 2 Lithuanians who needlefelt!! lovely piece. nev