Hat (Merino Wool, Dyed Silk, Feathers), by Margaret Cerutti; Earrings by Dominique Cooper; Vest to Dye For by Ioana Razi (Nuno-felted Devore Silk); Peplum Belt with Ruffle (Merino Wool) by Laura Linton ; Elongated Bead Bracelet by Marion Bruno
Cut-out Lace Scarf (Merino Wool) by Dominique Cooper; Necklace Choker by Dominique Cooper; Scissor Holder with Pin Cushion (Merino and Kap Wool) by Renate Maile-Moskowitz
Scissor Holder (Merino and Kap Wool), Stretch Bracelet (Merino and Kap Wool) and Evening Bag (Nuno-Felt on Silk Organza and Ribbon) by Renate Maile-Moskowitz
Dreamscape Rug by Dominique Cooper
Bee Sculpture by Lisa Walsh
Blood Moon Omen Sculpture - by the Author, Susan Hicks
About the Blood Moon Omen sculpture. I knew I wanted to make a wet felted sculpture that would include new techniques with which to challenge myself. I also knew that I wanted to make something on a fairly large scale, but limited to what I could fit into my kitchen work area (i.e. one table's worth). At the time people were talking about the Blood Moon, which happened in January. A Blood Moon is the second new moon within a calendar month, and is said to be an omen and harbinger of change. This seemed appropriate, as I was going through a bit of a personal crisis. I meditated on the problem and tried to visualize what the problem would look like. A big, toothy, awful beast came to mind. Not being one to want to dwell on misery, I decided to twist the topic and make the visualization something fun and playful. The form became big and red, with teeth sticking out from all angles.
Enough visualization. Then I had to plan something at least somewhat practical to make. The new techniques in this piece involved making the "teeth" stand out in a perpendicular angle from the body of the sculpture. I also broke new ground in the nuno-felt "pebble" technique which created some of the texture on the sculpture's body. The "ripped" pleats were nothing new, but added dimension and a break from the overall color scheme. The original sculpture took up a whole felting table and in the end shrunk to about 3' tall. I played with positive and negative space. Stuffing was another new thing. I had to pick two strategic locations to open the sculpture through which I would insert the poly-fill stuffing. I had no idea how much stuffing would be necessary, so I see a few more sculptures in my future.
Blood Moon Omen (in progress)