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

 


Heather Potten

Bee-eater Series I, II, III 

The theme of the exhibition is Kaleidoscope, a word meaning the ‘observation of beautiful things’ (and, in particular, colour), created by a Scot from words of Greek origin. Nowadays, kaleidoscopic is used to describe complex patterns of colour, or multi-coloured. 

 

As a Scot who lived for many years in Greece, it seemed apt to choose a beautiful multi-coloured thing from Greece to observe. 

 

The following triptych is an abstract colour study based on the bird, the Mediterranean bee-eater. 

 

Artwork 1 Title: Bee-eater

The analogous palette of cool greens and blues contrast with the warm red and orange and all are gently muted by the backing of dark (almost black) purple. Defining contrast in value in black and small touches of white further unify the piece. 

 

 

Materials and Techniques:

Wet-felted merino wool and rose fibre  

 

Artwork 2: Bee-eater II 

With the same base of dark purple, this study is almost the reverse of the first. However, the strong hues of the first piece have been mitigated by the addition of tints and shades to add depth and interest. Strong black dots emphasise the movement of the black lines. 

 

 

Materials and Techniques

Wet-felted merino wool and rose fibre 

 

Artwork 3: Bee-eater III 

When laid out side by side, the bee-eater’s plumage reflects all 7 colours of the rainbow. Here, they are overlaid with black and white merino. Where the black and white has been nudged aside, the vibrant hues spill out to create intense pops of colour. 

 

Materials and Techniques:

Wet-felted merino wool and rose fibre  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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