This is a lovely part of the Island – Naracoopa – on the east coast of King Island. This scene is looking south towards Lover’s Lane on a calm sunny day. Again, layers of wool roving were lightly needled – just enough to hold to the base of white felt. Some torn strips of sari silk were added to look like tuffs of grasses amongst the rocks.
Not quite finished and it is still lumpy.
Towards Lover's Lane
After reading Kim (Flextiles)’s post on felting a Nautilus Shell, see link here, I realised how different the two shells are. Most King Islanders call our shells that wash up every now and then, Nautilus Shells. They are actually Argonaut Shells. The creature that lives and breeds inside them are strange-looking squid like mini monsters that form the shell from secretions to protect the babies. Truly amazing and paper thin. To find an undamaged one on the beach is difficult because they are so fragile.
Felt seemed like the perfect medium to sculpt an Argonaut.
Side by side - The real and the felted version
I am really enjoying this felt painting thing. And I really like this one. Not supposed to say that about my own work, I know, but my mojo has been on an extended holiday and it is nice to have it back. After an exhibition in November 2010 I have not been able to paint or draw to my satisfaction. This is not an unusual thing, except it seemed to last such a long time. It was the main reason I started focusing on felting and it is challenging to create a ‘painterly’ effect.
The next one is totally different and it was taken from a photo of a little oasis amongst the dry fields.