Monday, 22 October 2012

New directions for Angelina Fibres

Autumn Flowers

Autumn Flowers

Dew covered cobweb
It was a foggy, chilled October day this Sunday. Though I can forgive the weather when it allows such wonderful colours and beaded cobwebs for catching on the camera in a morning.

It has been a busy week running four workshops, each on different subjects and for three of which I forgot my camera.  I did remember it for a new day course which uses Angelina fusible fibres and encourages participants to fuse and then melt and burn the fibres with candles, heat guns and soldering irons. (Remembering, of course, all appropriate safety guidelines for using heat tools, naked flames and the possibility of fumes crated when burning synthetic fibres).
The ideas began a few years ago when I was asked to create a panel for the bedroom of a lady who felt her decor was cominated by furniture from 'a well known furniture and lifestyle' chain. She brought me samples of the colours and patterns in her room including the duvet and various accessories and asked me to make some thing which was 'the crown jewels gone mad'! Angelina fibres certainly can fit that bill so I used those in her colours:

Using hot fix angelina fibres to create art by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad' for Debbie
Heat fusible angelina fibres art by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Detail from the Crown Jewels Gone Mad

I have touched on the techniques in this panel in other workshops, but felt that I wanted to go to town in pushing the properties of these fibres. So I spent time over the summer with the fibres and my burning tools but with access only to a embellisher and hand stitching. A small selection of the creations which developed are here:
This small piece used Sugar Plum and Calypso Blue fibres and as with many of the pieces was inspired by coral, anemones, jellyfish, sea squirts etc.  - a hark back to my marine biology days.

Sample from 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad' Workshop

This could have been lichens, fungi, seaworms etc. but was really just having fun with textures and bright colours. I have used Lemon Sparkle, Watermelon and Raspberry fibres:

Sample from 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad Workshop'

 More marine inspiration in Key Lime, Wisteria and Raspberry fibres:

Sample from 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad' workshop
This next panel was created with studies of paua shell pieces very commonly used in New Zealand for jewellery and accessories of all kinds. I have soldered and embossed Ultraviolet fibres and stitched onto an embellished backing.

Detail from Angelina fibre panel inspired by Paua shell from New Zealand

Overall view of the Paua shell inspired Angelina fibre panel.

This final example perhaps doesn't fit the title 'The Crown Jewels Gone Mad', but shows that it is absolutely possible to create subtle, strong pieces with a fibre that can and often is used for high imapct and frivolous, fun creations. I have used Blaze fibres and a light chiffon scarf with lots of seeding stitches in off white and charcoal threads.

Lace inspired panel, prooving that 'The Crown Jewlels Gone Mad' can be subtle as well!

Detail from Lace inspired Angelina panel

Detail from Lace inspired Angelina fibre panel

The participants on the day were great, taking on board all of the ideas. Though in a day it would be too much to ask to complete a panel, everyone fused, burnt, melted and then arranged, discussing ideas for the piece they were working on and other developments which come to mind as you work (You know, next time I will use a different colour, use a different inspiration for design, or, at home I have just the right colour thread and beads to finish this...)

Getting it together later in the day after melting and burning, generally having fun!

Part of the panel started by Viv

Samples by Tracey
Lovely impressed and textured leaves (Sorry the colour is washed out in the image), by Margaret
Cath stitching her mini-paisley leaves in place ready for beading later.
Maggie really went to town - fantastic

A detail from Maggie's piece

I don't often get to see the finished products when workshops are just a single day, but from these images I can certainly imagine great results, and if I get sent any images later I will certainly share them with you.

1 comment:

Maggi said...

What a feast for the eyes. Beautiful work both from you and your students.