Saturday, January 2, 2021

About Face - First Felt of 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY ABOUT FACE BEING BOLD AND BRAVE. 

I'm calling my first felted piece of 2021 "ABOUT FACE" which seems very apropos in this new year.  A reversal of direction and a complete 180 from 2020 is what I wish and hope for this new year.  Not only do we need to put the killer Covid 19 pandemic behind us but we also need to change our attitudes, act civilly and do the right thing.  At a minimum wear a mask and get vaccinated when it's available to you and by all means support your local restaurants and shops. Be kind, strong, empathetic and loving.  My hope is for less chaos in our country and more working together to get the USA and the world back on track from our lost ways.  


My "About Face" felted neck warmer is also about women facing challenges and fears to go forward with fortitude and strength being the best woman you can be in this new year.   Several women's faces are abstractly incorporated in this felted piece along with my message of being bold and brave engraved in the form of free motion stitching.


This felted cowl was created with super fine merino wool roving, hand painted silks and other silk fabric, viscose, ramie, tussah silk, Kozo paper, free motion stitching and colored markers and paints.







A brand new start in 2021



Be bold and be brave!


Hand made felted pin with free motion stitching and beads


Some of the women's faces in the felted neck warmer:













Friday, January 1, 2021

FELTING, FOOD AND WINE IN NAPA VALLEY - DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!

JOIN ME FOR AN IMMERSIVE FELTING, FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCE IN THE NAPA VALLEY


UPDATE:  Due to Covid 19 being on the rise in California, we have decided to postpone the February workshop until hopefully May, 2021.   Please continue to check back for further information.

I am so excited to be the first guest instructor at Carneros Studios located in the Napa Valley and housed in a 5,000 square foot barn with a lovely first-floor fireplace and gathering area.  The long February 2021 weekend will be all you could ask for to kick start your 2021 into the best year ever.  Social distancing will of course be in order.



NUNO FELTED VEST WORKSHOP WITH BETH MARX 

Welcome reception - Thursday evening, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 
3 day Workshop - Friday, FEBRUARY 5 - Sunday, FEBRUARY 7, 2021 
$1,250

This extensive workshop with Beth includes three nights of accommodations on property in the beautiful Carneros region of the Napa Valley.  Over the course of the weekend, you will enjoy a welcome wine tasting reception, three breakfasts, three lunches, and a dinner prepared by a local Napa Valley chef, in addition to Napa Valley vineyard views during your three-day workshop. 

You will use a resist to create a one of kind seamless nuno felted vest that can be worn inside out and upside down, hence the 4-Way Vest. You will learn how to make a pattern/resist from one of your own existing garments and to easily size it up to account for shrinkage using Beth’s “Easy Peasy Shrinkage Calculation” sheet. Beth’s method for pattern making doesn’t involve taking body measurements or using complicated math – you won’t even need to use a calculator. You will learn how to sandwich wool roving between layers of sheer silk fabric and embellish the vest as suits your taste and style. Beth will teach you how to create seamless edges, professionally finish the open areas like the armholes and hemline, and how to shape and size your vest to fit properly and flatteringly. You will also learn about various closures for your vest. Once you finish your vest, Beth will style you and take photos of you modeling your beautiful unique vest in a multitude of ways. 

Skill level: This is an intermediate felting workshop. Students should be familiar with how to lay out wool roving for wet felting. This workshop does require some stamina.

If you are interested, don't wait too long to enroll.  Only room for 6 students with social distancing.  carneros-studios.com/ click here to find out more.  

Once you get to Carneros-studios.com you will need to become a member by clicking on "Join Our Community".  At that point you receive membership approval & can come back in to sign up.  Due to the special Napa events rules, membership to the site is required and approval may take up to 24 hours. 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

  • 6:00pm – 9pm: Meet the Artist Welcome Reception Wine & Appetizers View & Purchase Beth Marx creations

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 6:00 pm: Group Dinner with local Napa Valley chef

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner on your own

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 5:00 pm: Departure









  • Click here for pics and a video on one of my prior vest workshops.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Felt: Fiber Transformed 2020

I am so grateful for the daily chats, strong bond and lasting friendship that Linda Armstrong and I have developed over these many months of the pandemic. Although we are separated by thousands of miles (she in Ontario, Canada and me in southern California), we have been collaborating on several felted pieces starting with complex, hand painted nuno felted garments that we submitted in response to Fiona Duthie's "Separate Yet Connected" challenge.

Several months ago, I entered our second garment collaboration in the Fiber Arts Now Magazine juried competition called Felt: Fiber Transformed. Of hundreds of applicants, we were one of a handful of lucky winners. The Fall 2020 magazine issue featured only one photo of my garment and not both of our works so I want to share with you both of these beautiful garments.


OUR WORK WAS SELECTED!


Fall 2020 issue of Fiber Art Now 


We are shown as #2 in the Fall 2020 issue of Fiber Art Now magazine.


Our design was inspired by one of Linda's cool designer tops. We made several changes including changing the hem line, adding a godet in the wide cowl neckline and adding long sleeves. Using methods that we both learned from Ellen Bakker from The Netherlands, we each painted silks in the palette of our choice and incorporated them with wool roving and other textiles to make these winning garments! Cheers to us my dear friend and collaborator, Linda Armstrong. 


Are those tall, green boots to die for!

My fun boots are by Papucci.  I made the earrings from my late friend Charlie Warner's stunning lamp work beads.

Check out that fun felted bracelet.  




Thursday, November 12, 2020

City Felt - Fall, 2020

It was an exceptionally cool day today in southern California and just the perfect temp to don some felted pieces.  So we four friends biked to downtown Long Beach and explored our city finding some of the fab murals around town as a back drop for a photo shoot of our young and beautiful friend Alena originally from Belarus. But we all got in to the modeling act, young and young at heart!

City Felt - Fall 2020 from Beth Marx on Vimeo.



Elise modeling a felted hat and Alena modeling an urban cowl.








Relaxing at Beachwood BBQ.


What's so funny Alena?






Saturday, October 24, 2020

A Bevy of Felted Hats

Making felted hats is so satisfying.  Not only does it involve collaging of silk fabrics, silk and plant fibers, wool and more, it involves sculpting the hat to a beautiful and flattering shape for wearing.  I never dreamed this would be so fun.