The Spring nuno felting workshop is fast approaching!  I thought I would provide some fiber and other images in the next couple of weeks to whet the appetite a bit.  I always enjoy pulling these bundles of fiber together – silk and wool, roving, hankies, batting, locks – and marveling over the combinations of texture and hue! 

Other doings in the studio:  I continue to work on the nuno felt surface studies as part of my process of building new techniques and expanding vocabulary in both wearable and non-wearable formats.  This has been a very inspiring and motivating practice, one I will break out further in this blog (when I can take a minute to collect my thoughts and put them into coherent form!)  I have also been pretty busy with day-to-day activities (including integrating work out of the house, i.e., a job) – all of these goings-on are challenging my time in the studio these days.  I always trust that the Work happens when the time is right.  In the time I have available, my focus is preparing for the upcoming workshop – I am really looking forward to it!

Glorious Spring to you all!

 

Winter Spinning Interlude:  Thanks to JoJo for guidance and inspiration from the very beginning, I started spinning for relaxation and fun a few years ago.  I have been a bit inconsistent in my commitment to building basic skills, but I would currently categorize myself as an novice-intermediate spinner.   Fiber lovers have a hard time saying “no” to more fiber…and so it is that I have accumulated a good deal of bulk fiber for spinning and felting.  Last Fall I purchased a lovely collection of mohair and wool fibers from Steam Valley in Pennsylvania (www.steamvalleyfiber.com) with names like “Sedona Blue” and “Iris” and “Pansies”.   I don’t have much (probably 3.5 pounds or so) but I would like to make room for more (hee hee, she says with glee)!!  So…my challenge for the Winter is to spin the remaining fiber and make it into something (or at least begin a project).  Since I am equally inconsistent when it comes to making time for casual needlework, I was looking for a simple project (but one that incorporated as much color as I could stand and allowed for some stitch modification).  I found it in The Ashford  Book of Spinning by Anne Field.  It’s a basic crocheted afghan (we all love a good afghan project right??)!  Something I can pick up at anytime and jump right into. 

So, THE PLAN (for the benefit of anyone not familiar with the spinning process):  1)  The spinning: I’ll be mostly spinning singles.  I have been spinning a medium weight yarn, roughly 15 wraps per inch (wpi).  I would like to produce something closer to 10-12 wpi for the afghan project.  It could actually be bulkier, but since I have already spun a medium fiber to date, I want it all to be somewhat consistent.  2)  Washing and weighting:  after winding off, I will periodically wet out a group of skeins in cold water so as to retain some of the “greasy” quality of the fiber (since the piece might be worn outside).   3)  Winding balls:  When all the fiber is dry, I will put each skein on my umbrella swift and wind each into a nice ball for work later.  I’ll check back in periodically to share my progress.

DSCN1237Hello to all artists working in cloth, fiber, textiles.  I’m Kathy.  I have begun this log as a way of marking my own activity and progress as a textile and fiber artist.  It is my hope, however,  that this interior dialogue also inspires others to deepen and enrich their creative practice and process. 

I am trained as a landscape architect.  I was introduced to dyes and dyeing while still in school,  and from that point on (for the last 17 years) I have conducted an independent study of textile craft, primarily surface techniques.  My interest eventually led me, fortuitously (gratitude to my friend, Deda Divine!),  to nuno rusca (also referred to as “nuno felt”), a laminated felting technique.  This technique has served as a central creative path and point of reference for all of my other textile and fiber pursuits.

I  am now very excited to share this and other textile techniques, along with reflections on design, process and creative evolution, in this weblog.  During these first few months, the separate blog pages will grow slowly.  Please return periodically for updates and comment if you feel so inspired.   In addition, for more information on the work or workshops, go to kathycolt.com.  You can also contact me at:  kathy@kathycolt.com.