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Summer Garden Original Art

Summer Garden Original Art

Price: $2,100.00

Size: 39.5 x 19.5

This large felted artwork is a celebration of summer in the garden. It evokes memories of warm afternoons with butterflies flitting about and hummingbirds zipping in to strategically sip from every bit of bee balm. The art is made out of wool fiber, much of it is hand dyed by me using plant dyes from my own garden.

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I’ve made the entire artwork by hand with wool fiber. Some people refer to the process as “painting with wool”. I start by making my own base, or “canvas” by arranging wool fibers in even, alternating, layers. I use special needles with tiny angled nicks, called felting needles, to tack all of the layers together into the size and shape background that I require for the artwork. When this canvas is completed I can begin to work on the art using dyed wool and sometimes alpaca or mohair fiber. I use the same barbed needles to lightly tack my design to the canvas in preparation for the wet felting process. I thoroughly wet the entire design with warm soapy water and rub and roll to lock all the fibers together into a solid felted unit. There is a lot of rinsing to get rid of the soap, followed by pressing and drying.

 

To prep the artwork for framing, I hand stitch a sheet of carpet fabric to cover the back of the work. This enables me to mount the artwork in the shadow-box style frame without affecting the felt. The wood frame is 1 ⅜” deep, without glass, and is wired and ready to hang. Because the work is recessed, it is protected from dust by the frame.

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