Lately I've found myself indulging and combining a few obsessions. I've been practising needle felting, playing with figurines and experimenting with crochet to create 'no maintenance' terrariums and teeny sculptures.
These are the zombie cats and were my first foray into the 'no maintenance' terrarium experiment. A custom order for a teenage boy, they had originally been housed in a live terrarium which went from a lovely lush green to yellow, brown and then dead. I just couldn't get the irish moss to stay alive and this made the cogs start to turn. I pulled out my felting tools and determined to make needle felted grass and I've got to say I was pretty thrilled with the result plus the needle felting was pretty cathartic.
This teeny tiny terrarium was a personal challenge. I wanted to see just how little I could manage to needle felt without losing a finger. It's a wispy wee thing but rather charming and I love how ridiculously small it is.
Then along came a new craft obsession - crochet. I've tried about five times to figure out crochet and I finally think it may have stuck. I was gifted some amazing local hand spun wool by a lovely local maker. Most of the wool I made into a basket and the little bit left over I decided to use to crochet rocks. There's a great tutorial over at the purl bee if you fancy having a try. Mine is nowhere near as delicate as the wool I used is so thick but I loved the texture and couldn't resist adding the cowboy and the felted tree.
I'm really enjoying needle felting, it's the perfect activity to do whilst watching a movie (as long as you are mindful of your fingers) and I am loving that I have another excuse to buy these tiny figurines from Ipswich institution CJ Vogler & Son.
'Granny in a jar' was a little pick me up pressie for a beautiful, stressed out and over worked friend. And the three little scenes below are the first of a collection of bubbles for 'Size Matters III - The end is nigh' at The Swich Contemporary Art Space - follow the link and click on 'artist opportunities' if you think you might be interested in contributing to the exhibition.
I'm pretty excited about this new direction and I'd appreciate your thoughts and feedback.