Monday, September 10, 2007

A wee bit of giddy



I think I may have finally found an artisitic medium that resonates with me. I say "may have" because I haven't actually tried my hand at it, but it really appeals to me.
I didn't know til' last night that it's called needle felting. You use special needles to sculpt wool into solid forms, like dolls, hats, bags, paintings, jewelry etc...
I'm drawn to the doll/figure making potential.
I suck at sewing. I'm not that skilled at painting. I don't have the patience or resources for sculpting from more traditional mediums such as metal or wood. Knitting is too technical and most knitted stuff looks dumb when you finish with it.
But I do have a pretty good sense for spatial relations and form and color, so I think I can pull this off.
And I LOVE felt. And tiny things. And things that don't break.
I now understand the connection between all the little things I've been compelled to own. I have a felted hat, a set of 1930's tiny russian peasant dolls with felted-like faces and bodies, several small handmade felted cats.
It's the one area of frivolous buying that I can't seem to reason myself out of.
So it makes sense that I should see if I have any aptitude for it.

I ordered a basic mess of supplies and a few books this morning. That's going to be my 40th birthday present to myself.
That, and a bottle of expensive single malt scotch (I've always wanted to try that too).
If this turns into an online business, I can always call myself The Drunken Felter.

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