Being creative means that you are open to new ideas, new ways of thinking about things, and sometimes, being able to incorporate new methods/techniques into your own work. We have lots to learn from other artists and today, I had the opportunity to learn how to “nuno felt” — or, as my instructor prefers to name it “laminated felt”.
I had taken a felting class several years ago and have been fooling around with machine felting but I realized that I was buying a lot of nuno felted scarves, made by other artists, and just wanted to make one myself. So how to pick someone to learn from? Pick someone who made something you loved!
I bought a scarf from Deb Tewell at the Estes Park Wool Market and found out she was teaching a class in August. But I couldn’t make that date so she invited me to come to her home studio for a day and make a scarf with her. What an opportunity!!! I grabbed it and was I happy I did.
These photos don’t do this scarf justice but I know when I wear it, everyone will say “Love your scarf! Did you make it?” and for the first time I can say “yes”!
I don’t know how learning this will translate into my work but I know it will. I’m already thinking about combining my needle felting with wet felting. Who knows where this will lead.
Learning new things always activates my creative side. Sometimes, taking a class is a distraction from my current work but I think it’s especially useful when we run into those periods where we can’t make anything. Your know. Those black holes! We all have them and luckily, I haven’t fallen into one recently but I’m probably due!
If you have the time, I highly recommend Deb’s class. She will be teaching in Fort Collins on August 16th. For more information, you can email Deb at her web site, www.thefeltingsource.com with the “contact us” button.
Also, check out The Felter’s Rendezvous Retreat. This sounds fantastic! www.thefeltingsource.com/felters-rendezvous-2016/