Wednesday, June 15, 2022

FACE OF FIBER IN THE ROCKIES, JUNE 2022

 



Me and Deb Tewell at Rocky Mountain National Park

I met Deb Tewell in March 2022 at Felter's Rendezvous in Colorado Springs, CO.  She organizes this annual event (on hiatus since Covid) and hired me to teach a 4 day vest workshop.  Although there are a total of five instructors, she decided to take my class.  You can only imagine how nervous I was having the event organizer in my workshop.   But after an hour in, she asked if I could move to Colorado and I knew then that all was  well.2022 Felter's Rendevous.


  Deb and I really hit it off and earlier this year she came to Long Beach to take a one-on-one workshop at my studio. 

 
In 2021 Deb nominated me for the 9th annual invitational juried show called FACE of Fiber in the Rockies.  The annual international show is hosted and organized by the Fiber Arts Council of Estes (FACE) and presents a wide variety of fiber pieces.  


About a month or so before the opening reception for the six week FACE event, I spontaneously decided to attend.  I contacted Deb and asked if she wanted to join me.  She informed me that she was going to be a vendor at the Estes Park Wool Market which is always held at the same time as the reception for the FACE show.  I said I would help her with her booth.  Talk about serendipitous synchronicity - win/win! It is terrific helping Deb in her booth and styling customers with her felted garments.  And Deb, who was formerly a naturalist, showed me around Rocky Mountain National Park on our spare day.  

 
I felt so fortunate to not only have my three felted garments juried in to the show but to have two of them win awards!  The purple pull over vest won the EXCELLENCE award and the white dress won the Surface Design Association Award.  All three pieces are for sale at the show. 



This pull over vest called "Grape Vine" won the EXCELLENCE award.  I was thrilled beyond belief when I was the first name called and for such a prestigious award.  Thank you FACE of Fiber.



This vest is called "About Face" and was created with merino wool roving and my hand painted silks.






The dress called "Spattered Ink on Words" won the Surface Design Association Award.  The criteria for this award is creativity, originality innovation and excellence of surface design and technique.  I feel so honored to have won this award.  I created this dress with super fine merino wool, viscose, hand dyed silks and other silks.  Once it was felted I embellished it with sumi ink.  It is so comfortable and wearable.




FACE committee members Pauline Bustamante (far left) and Lis Lord (far right) and me and Deb Tewell in the middle.






I was shocked and thrilled to have my name called a second time and to win the Surface Design award.  Here's judge Margaret Tullis and beaming me.

Deb Tewell gifted me this darling felted beret that she created.  I love it with my outfit.


I wanted to take this little girl Ivy home with me, a darling nubian goat.




Monday, October 11, 2021

Felt Inspired by my adventure in Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice



Diverse and beautiful, Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, as well as some of the world's most active volcanoes. The Icelandic landscape is characterized by a huge number of waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, and steaming lava fields, reminiscent of an almost alien landscape. 

This magical, otherworldly landscape inspired me to create felted garments.  This short slideshow reflects some of the landscape along with my interpretation.




Iceland was the perfect place for this southern California gal to wear her felted garments and accessories.  I was actually surprised to not see much felt there but the hand knit sweaters are gorgeous and I treated myself to one.   











Wool Road in South Iceland


Pingborg Knit Shop in Flóahreppur⁩, ⁨South Iceland⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩




The sweater I bought at Pingborg.



For a more in depth look into our two week adventure around Iceland via the ring road, take a look at my 12 minute slideshow HERE.  

We booked the trip through Nordic Visitor, which I would highly recommend.  They took car of everything from the car rental which was equipped with invaluable Wifi, our lodging with breakfast, and the extras which for us included horseback riding, helicopter tour, Blue Lagoon, Baths at Vok and whale watching in Husavik which was unfortunately cancelled due to weather. I thought the Blue Lagoon would be too commercial and overrated but it was fantastic.  Do not miss it if you plan a trip to Iceland.







Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Transforming painted silks into a poncho

 


From painting abstract images on silk fabric to creating a design and witnessing the alchemy that happens when wool and silk transform themselves to create a new textile, the felting process is a magical experience.  It never ceases to amaze me how with just soap, water and some elbow grease, the process results in a felted piece with rich and incredible layering of textures and colors.

These abstract faces are kind of fun and I was interested to see how they'd felt; I was pleased to see that they pretty much held their own.  


I select a palette of other fabrics and wool roving to coordinate with my painted silks





The abstract image that I painted on the silk has now been felted.


The finished poncho is reversible.




Tuesday, June 8, 2021

NAPA VALLEY NUNO FELTING WORKSHOP - JUNE 2021

 

Nuno Felting Vest Workshop, Carneros Studios - June 2021.m4v from Beth Marx on Vimeo.

The nuno felted vest workshop at Lisa & Marvin Paul's Carneros Studios in the Napa Valley was beyond belief.  It was everyone's first real outing since the Covid pandemic in March 2020 and what a first rate experience for our return to civilization.  And civilized was what it was with felting being just the tip of the iceberg.  Lisa made this event first class; the only down side is that it's sure going to be hard to top it in the future.  

Lisa and Marvin welcomed the group to their recently completed  gorgeous barn with a wine & appetizer reception the evening before the start of the felting workshop  - blown away is more the expression when seeing the interior of this 5,500 square foot barn.  I literally could be happy living in the bathroom! We were introduced to Sur, a delightful top notch sommelier, who formerly worked at the French Laundry, a three star Michelin award winning restaurant.  Sur guided us as we tasted numerous Napa Valley wines.  He even  took the time to provide similarities between grape production and wine making with wool and felting.  Some of the same words can be used to describe both wine and felt like texture, balance, harmony, meritage, ph, art, complexity, layering, blending, richness, palette, microclimate, strong and soft.

The weekend continued with home cooked meals, flowing wine, live music and happy felters. We shared, we laughed and came away with full hearts.  Real friendships were developed which is something that is not quite possible from the Zoom felting workshops many of us attended during the pandemic. 

Everyone made a beautiful and unique vest which fitted them perfectly. On the afternoon of the last day, everyone got cleaned up, put on some makeup or at least lipstick and just beamed while modeling their beautiful nuno felted vest creation.  I was one proud teacher!

Take a look at the short slideshow above and the photos and three short video clips below to get a glimpse of this amazing experience.  My heart is full with love and gratitude and I can't seem to wipe the smile from my face!

Martha Lumia - Palm Desert, CA

Lorri Teates - San Diego, CA

Patti Bodgan - Boise, Idaho

Eva D'Avella - Bellflower, CA

Deedy Atkins - Austin, Texas




Lisa Paul - Napa, CA







Our hosts, Lisa  & Marvin Paul

Premier sommelier Sur

Beth in the vineyards

First class chef Marvin Paul

The most gorgeous setting for a workshop