16 March 2010

Connected:disconnected - Part 2

My response to this theme was based around the idea of personality. I started with the idea of internal emotion and the external image and how the two are inescapably connected and yet so often are disconnected. However I became increasingly fascinated by repetition and how the internal and external varies the appearance of personality from day-to-day. I repeated 'doodles' using highly twisted handspun yarn and was interested by the element of uncontrollability and the way in which this influences how the figures can appear: bold, weak, bouncy, enthusiastic, fearful ...

The piece is contructed from two thick layers of wet felt. The figures are needle felted in place, and then stitched onto the background layer of felt.

7 March 2010


One of our recent projects was called Connected-Disconnected. We each made three pieces on this theme. I worked through some ideas of how we connect and disconnect with people around us at different times in our lives. This exercise prompted me to return to felting, as in the very process of making felt the fibres connect and get all entwined.