By Amanda Critchlow, Dec 14 2017 12:06PM
Oops I have been a bit remiss at updating my website, apologies.
My latest work has been included in the International Feltmakers magazine Felt Matters. I include the text here for non members to read. The images are included in my gallery where you will also find the beach pot with shells and naturally dyed silk additions.
"All the myriad of blues shared by the sea and sky are the inspiration for my latest felt. The fluctuations, movements and shifting colours held within water or the depths of the sky inspire me. There is something enriching in blending blues to create something which reminds me of these natural elements. It is satisfying to bring the colour blue alive by giving it depth and texture – a few fibres of many blues layered together, some hand dyed curls, the lustre of silk, a froth of white fleece. Then watching the mixing, fusing and deepening as the felting process progresses: the end result always unique. Such joy!
Decorating the sea pot with shells gleaned from the beaches I visit, all with natural holes through which I can pass my needle, and feathers from passing birds brings more of the elemental quality of the sea and sky to the pots. In this way I show respect for the natural world which supports us and also acknowledge the spiritual aspect which is ever present.
I feel more comfortable with natural dyes and am lucky enough to be able to dye fleece from my friend’s flock with her in her indigo dye workroom. It is more meaningful when using these fibres which have variation in colour due to the natural dye processes. The felt on the cushions are made entirely from her fleeces, hand carded and teased to keep the movement and curl. I have been working with textiles a long time and have found felting a very rewarding medium to work in."