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February 27, 2016


Creativity

This is my first blog entry. I have been journaling for the last 25 years. It all started with the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. A great book to get yourself started with creative work. It helps to clear away all of the negativity that holds you back and starts some very good habits. It shows you how many of the road blocks to your own creativity have been put there by others---many time well meaning and loving people that say crushingly critical things to the tender soul of creativity in a young person. Ms. Cameron helps you to route out the bad stuff, deal with it, heal it and blossom. I highly recommend the book. So now this will be my art journal.  It seems very presumptuous, but perhaps it will be of some use to share my struggles.



So.....January and all the fun family stuff of Christmas is a memory and there are no shows for a long time. 2015 was a very good year and inventory needs to be replenished, but nothing is urgent. I love my fiber work, but I also love to paint, but what medium? I love them all, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic and fiber tapestries. I had a plan and did the same subject, a pear in each medium. I still love them all but I do have my favorites, oils and fiber tapestries. Here art the photos of my experiment;

February 08, 2016


The Felting Process

How Are the Garments Made?

I start with raw alpaca fiber. The fiber is cleaned, combed and hand dyed to make a palette of colors to work from. It is laid out on silk or alpaca felt to create the design. The work is massaged in a way that lets the fibers join together and does not disturb the design.  Gently rubbing over a textured surface or a rolled sandwich of bubble wrap, firms the felt and makes it a new stable fabric.  The process is simple, time consuming and the possibilities are absolutely endless! I feel that I have just scratched the surface.

 

The Felting Process

Each wool fiber has a microscopic covering of scales along its shaft. The scales open up and entangle with one another, forming a strong and permanent link when they are exposed to the combination of heat, the alkali found in soap, warm water and friction. The alkali in the soap assists the wool to absorb water, causing the fibers to swell and the scales on the fibers to open up and interlock with one another. An alternative felting method is to repeatedly penetrate the fibers with barbed needles causing them to entangle together. The two processes can, and are, often combined together resulting in exquisite results. Using both traditional and modern felt making techniques, wool fiber is magically transformed into distinct, wearable, artistic, statement garments and home decor.
July 30, 2015


Susan Waldron News

Welcome to our new blog! This is where you can stay up to date with what's happening with Susan Waldron. Find out what felted and art pieces she is working on and what projects she has just finished.