Behind the scenes for my piece “Study in Monochrome” for Wilderness at @augusteclown gallery.
The wings were all cut from wool and silk, hand-dyed and felted. The moth was created from felted raw wool and antique beads from an old necklace.
The crow skull was assembled with hand dying small wool pieces. Cut and felted wool “dusty miller leaves” and positioned them with epoxy clay. Setting the scene under an 8” glass dome. #skull #specimen #fiberart Inquire at augusteclowngallery.com
Hermees is a finalist!!! Im kind of shocked and very humbled to see this news. Hermees, my collab with @garyham, is up for Best Plush, Best Collaboration and Toy of the Year (Fan Favorite). Thank you so much to all who nominated us! Voting for fan categories is open now at designertoyawards.com one vote per person per catagory. Show your favorites some love, even if it isnt this piece!
I often get asked about what goes into my pieces…since they dont always read as textile art. I even received an awesome compliment at the @rotofugi opening, asking if this piece was using a real skull. So I’d thought I’d give a brief rundown of my process for “wisdom” (inquiries at rotofugi.com).
I do study real skulls but the finished product is 100% fabric. Firstly, a lot of drawing goes into the making of these pieces. Drawing, patterning, more drawing and then paper cutting. I then choose my fabrics (I love wool). I cut a number of tiny pieces (some skulls have 30 pieces that need assembling). I then felt some pieces together and do a rough skull assemble. Some pieces will need to be done again from square one. I generally then hand dye the fabrics once it is together. Put together a rough layout followed by complete installation. Touch ups with dye and positioning and finally the piece is ready for framing or housing.
I hope that gives a glimpse into my little faux specimen workshop. I enjoy showing my #wip photos and have plenty more to share!