About a year ago I was asked to work part time at the Sarafina Art House.
I had taken a few "in home" kitchen table classes with Sara Renzulli before the Art House opened, and after attending the 2014 Open House, then a workshop, she asked if I wanted to join their small group to help with orders, stock, and to learn more about working with wool.
|Sara teaching me how to dye locks and fibers.|
I have always been drawn to fibers - especially wool.
And to be able to work and learn in a place that is so positive and creative - it can only affect your direction of creativity.
Sara has many tutorials on sculpting with wool over armatures which makes for great practice and getting to know the materials and push the limits...
I used to want to be a Marine Biologist when I was younger, but I get motion sick standing up too fast. And so now I am choosing to go back to what calls to me (this is just trying out some forms).
I am really getting to understand more about sheep, goats, and other animals that we use their fur (wool, hair, etc) and the processes that it has to undergo in order for it to be usable in crafts such as needle felting, wet felting, spinning, sculpting, and at some point - wearable art.
These two guys above remind me of the dwarfs from the Hobbit and LOTR movies and are the first figurative creations I made in the style of "forrest folk" (Lee Charlton and Sara Renzulli video).
I may just have to make myself a little gathering of dwarfs for my studio to keep me company!!!
And I am trying to keep a bit up on getting to the gym and spend time with my family.
So my time in the clay studio has been put at the back burner - not completely, but it is definitely relatable to binging on Netflix then not for a while...
I have a craft show this weekend and I have lots of earrings, my bracelet kits, and needle felting ornaments to take with me.
After that - I will hopefully get around to updating my Etsy shop with new items.
And you know - a lot of them will be wool!