Helen Welford.

Helen Welford

USA

 

Artwork 1 
En Route

 

An image through my train window, just before lock-down, which translated into lines and colours speaking to the connection and passage of time and distance.  (Reconnecting to the moment)

 

Materials and Techniques
Wet felting with wet felted prefelts, yarns, wool roving 
Artwork size in CM: Width…73cm……….… Length…50cm

 

 

 

Artwork 2 
Insight: Cataract #1

 

What I saw as my right cataract was removed, (and I was reconnected to my vision).

 

Materials and Techniques
Wet felting, needle felting, embroidery, beading

Artwork size in CM: Width……69cm.……… Length…45cm.

 

 

Artwork 3 
Past Echo

 

Inspired by the theme for this exhibit, and by a motif on my grandfather’s art deco pencil holder (which I still use) – a constant (re)connection of my present and past.

 

Materials and Techniques
Wet felting, needle felting, embroidery

Artwork size in CM: Width……73cm……… Length……49cm

 


Christine Lyle

Artwork 1: Surfacing

I came across a quote from a dream dictionary that defined Kaleidoscope as ‘symbolising escape from times of difficulty and self-doubt’. The fishes are rising towards the light at the surface, placing the viewer under the water looking up from the depths. The colours and image play with viewers’ eyes, moving between positive and negative shapes and upper and lower levels.  

 

I relate this to feelings of ‘surfacing’ from months of lockdown, social isolation, and doubt from the Covid 19 pandemic.  The fishes swim in a 6 point pattern that is found in kaleidoscope toys but I wanted an organic symmetry with potential movement rather than perfect symmetry. Fishes are instinctive and will quickly return to the depths if they sense any threat. We have yet to see if we will need to surface, submerge and resurface but I’m hopeful we will find a way forward.  

 

As a fairly new felt maker, I really enjoy the tactile qualities of felt, the wavy edges and the literal feel of the surface. 

Materials and Techniques

Wet felting, Merino wool, silks, Angelina fibers, Soybean silk. 

 

 

Artwork 2: Sunrise at New Year – Kaleidoscope of Life

Created in a wet felting workshop run by Penny Dixon in December 2019.  My inspiration was the New Year to come and the kaleidoscope of colours you can find in sunrises and in the felting studio. I love how the multi-colored sari silk blends into the sky and the silk waste creates a textural shimmer in the centre. I have drawn and painted for many years but felting allows me to capture the essence of the scene, it takes me a step further into the feel of things, the kaleidoscope of life. 

 

Materials and Techniques

Merino wool and silk wet felted using bamboo and bubble wrap.

 

 

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