I've been sketching all winter and letting ideas stew and brew and finally got to work in the studio over the past few weeks to explore a new creative direction.
Landscape & nature photography, polymer and felt have been kicking around in my studio and my head for years now. 20+ for the landscapes, 15 for the polymer and now nearly 5 for felt... and I've kept thinking of ways they can work together. This new piece was a complete 'what if' moment and was so incredibly fun to just puzzle through and create.
|The beginning of the felt rocks and other elements. I kept a palette consistent with the roving I was using and mixed the polymer colors to create the rocks and tendrils for the plants to match.|
|Wet felted with the polymer rocks imbedded to be revealed as I cut away areas of felt later.|
|The felt rocks and some polymer rocks mid layout and work.|
|A sunny morning in the studio with the landscape on the pin foam. I needed to set some of the felted elements and other polymer pieces to begin to add depth.|
|Elements are added to the 'trees & vines' and some of the polymer rocks are set with other areas of felt needle felted and waiting.|
|Lots and lots of stitching to set all the felt & polymer elements.|
|And then some more stitching to set the piece on the background canvas as it's final display.|
|A closeup of the foreground with the felt & polymer rocks.|