Welcome to my Inner World.
I am a French self-taught artist, and these past twenty years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate, my sweet Papillon girls, Lucy and Pixie and the spirit of my border collie, Loki. My creativity is a tribute to the eyes that blink in the heart of every smallest thing, the flowing dreams whose pulse tries to reach to us in our most meditative state.
Kundry Land, February 2013
Entirely wet felted. I used glue in some places and wires for the mushrooms. It’s also sewn along the shaft, which makes them look like they’re wearing pyjamas. Not a single poke from a felting needle – I was glad.
I’ve been trying this and that in the hope of accelerating the felting process which I find far too slow for my taste and tried this roller since so many people seemed to be crazy about it.
I found it… useless.
And then I tried this (I think it’s something used to wash clothes by hand)
And so far, it is the best tool I’ve come across!
Even better with a bit of shaving with a razor afterwards
I’m disappointed by this felted moss garden. Maybe I shouldn’t felt at summertime when there’s so little time to create. My patience with felting is already limited to start with.
I had to take a few more pictures of my felted tree now that there is more light. I experimented a lot with glue, fabric stiffener and starch in order to make the felt more rigid. It didn’t work for me. The felt became either shiny (stiffener) or the colors faded.So, in the end, I chose to use a thin golden wire which I stitched along the edges. It is still visible here and there, but it’s part of the design. I tried just to needle felt my surfaces. It was extremely time consuming and in the end it was still far too soft. No more needle felting for me (or just a tiny bit to hold things in place), from now on it will be just wet felting. I didn’t use any soap for the wet felting of the textures, the rinsing would have flattened them. The bed at the top is installed on a little wooden board which rests on a wire stand installed inside the tree. All in all, when you know what you’re doing (and it took me a while to choose the right approach), it doesn’t take that long. I am extremely glad to have found my own personal way to play with felt because I love the softness and the colors and I’m really looking forward to felting my next project, a miniature garden.