Talk about panache and environmentally friendly to boot! Natural fibres and upcycling have contributed to this spectacular felted collar by Alexis. She had a silk skirt she didn’t want to wear any more. Add fine merino tops, wet felting and voilà – a very chic collar which would dress up any outfit and add some real style. The colours really stand out and are what define this collar, but it’s the intricate designs from the silk , blended in with the felting which make this project so interesting and just so classy. We loved it.
Christine drew our attention to a wonderful Dolce and Gabbana dress featured in their Spring/Summer collection 2019. On the video it comes up at 12.27 but the parade itself is worth a watch because it is full of colour, texture, movement and interesting uses of textiles. In a photo it looks like they have printed mandala onto fabric but in real life you can see the mandala are made of sequins. It is great to see crochet inspiring fashion houses like D&G. Still images of this parade are on the Vogue site
In crochet circles mandala are ever popular. They are colourful. They are interesting to make and they can be as big or as small as you want them to be so they have lots of uses and make a good visual impact because they are so vibrant and have texture.
Alexis wore her show and tell last Monday. Why not? It was eye catching and stylish. She had felted fabric and made herself a really lovely tunic which sat properly, moved properly and fitted properly. Alexis confessed she doesn’t like to sew very much. Why would she if she can make garments like this with little or no sewing? The colours are well chosen and thoughtfully understated but make a visual impact. The movement of the lighter blue colours across the black and then the white designs is well conceived. It’s a beautiful tunic and suits Alexis well. She has used fine merino wool for this so that it produces a malleable fabric which is nice to wear. It’s actually good to see artistic felting used for something truly wearable as opposed to textile art which has display value but you cannot use it. Wearable art is as much a valuable skill and challenge.
We have a number of expert felters in our group. They create the most amazing things both in terms of design and colour. As we said yesterday, it really is all about the colour and it’s something we talk about a lot. Jan is one of our expert felters and her inspired creations have been on display at Gallery M at the Marion Cultural Centre. The gallery is very good at supporting local artists and artisans. Jan’s bold and confident use of colour make her work a class act. Enjoy.