TBT Studio Spaces

2002 I had just packed up my world in Taos, New Mexico and drove across the country to Smithville, TN to begin a one year residency at the Appalachian Center for Craft that turned out to be three! AND I am still here in the south 13 years later. Life is kind of wild that way…

This was my very first studio space that wasn’t my living room/kitchen/porch. I had my bead work, my loom, my wheel, my dyes, but I had only been turned onto felt as a medium a few months prior despite the long felt ropes that I had been letting grow from my scalp for years. Life is kind of wild that way…

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Monday’s Motion…coordinating!

imageI really love making coordinating pieces, carrying aesthetics from one form to another. I don’t require the pieces to be purchased as a set, but I’d certainly rock them together and they make for an eye catching display. My latest work is primarily in white, black and grays, rather than naturally over dyeing the pieces which has been more typical of my work. The high contrast and cooler tones seem to balance the warmth of the felt. Baltimore ACC is next week and I hope you can stop in booth 602 and take in the new work and booth set up and if not…well there will be images to share!

Bringing it All Together!!

A bit of STRONGFELT production in the studio today making elements for a number of clasping systems for a new series of neck pieces. For those of you who’ve taken my Solid Form Felting Course you know this…tiny tiny partially felted balls with dry connectors and lots and lots of those fun little hoops! lol! I will be offering this course at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival April 29-30 and at the STRONGFELT STUDIO June 19-21 for those interested.

A Journey

A JourneyMy most recent figurative piece and many image details have now been posted in the FIGURE gallery at www.strongfelt.com. I had shared several process images of this piece, A Journey, on Facebook during the fall of 2014, prior to its completion in November. Sharon Nugent, a long time patron of STRONGFELT had commissioned this very personal work and I would like to acknowledge her patronage here as it was this commission that funded the rebuilding of my website this winter. As has been the case for many years now, Sharon has serendipitously supported my work at very crucial times in the development of STRONGFELT, inc. A strongly felt thank you to Sharon and her family for their support!

New Website!

Strongfelt StudioIt’s LIVE!!! With this first blog from my newly launched website at www.strongfelt.com I not only invite you to spend some time wandering through the new site but I would like to pay homage to my old site pictured.

I developed the concept for that site while I was a resident artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN with the intention of sharing the images of my work and my growing passion for the felt medium. I was far from tech savvy and it was a leap of faith to put myself out in the world in such a way. The site developed over the years to promote a plethora of workshops I had designed to address various techniques I implemented in my work, tools I designed and Moroccan olive oil soap that I imported. I have deep gratitude for the connections made through that site over the past decade: sales, opportunities for publication and exhibition and sharing my approaches in workshops and teaching residencies. Thank you! Then the inevitable happened…

 

CHANGE!! The site’s operating system had become dated and it was a challenge to find those knowledgeable or willing to modify the site. It began to not function properly on some browsers as well as the images in my gallery not being viewable on mobile devices. Soooooooooo, I finally stepped it up and designed a site with new aesthetics, a gallery with larger images and ease of navigation, with images to illustrate my workshop descriptions and a page dedicated to the STRONGFELT STUDIO where I now create my work and teach workshops from in Asheville, NC. AND in the future I will be able to set up a shopping cart on the site. Thank you to The Pixel Princess for her assistance in this process! Here’s to another decade of making and sharing….