Juggling…Speak in your own voice.

November 28, 2012

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“Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth….Then you start putting layers on top of that.”
~ Vincent D’Onofrio

Pincushions shown in above photo made by Dawn Edwards

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HAT COMPETITION…MAY I REQUEST YOUR VOTE?

August 13, 2011

 

A while back Vogue Magazine (UK) and Master Milliner, Stephen Jones announced a hat competition. Designers were invited to submit their creations for his consideration. The only requirement, as stated by Jones was, “…for something which is made with a broad brushstroke; fantastic construction – I’m looking for art which can be put on the body.” The winning entry will be displayed alongside Jones’ at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York from September 2011 to April 2012.  In addition to the main prize, the winner will be awarded a two week internship with Stephen Jones in London; two tickets to the opening night party of the exhibition in New York; and a one year membership to the V&A inLondon! Wow!!!! Someone is going to be very fortunate. Well, it’s a long-shot…There are some absolutely  fantastic hats in the competition…But, as they say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”  So, I entered my “Triton’s Horn” hat. “Triton’s Horn” was created from Merino wool, was entirely hand made through the wet-felting process, sculpted, beaded, and adorned with recycled fishing net, beads and shells. To vote, just go to theTalenthouse voting site. The voting began yesterday and runs for five more days. I’d love it if you’d vote for my hat, but do check all of the entries…Truly stunning creations, of every imaginable, and some unimaginable, shapes and styles.

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Top image: Triton’s Horn by Dawn Edwards, Photo by Mary Whalen

Bottom image: Milliner, Stephen Jones and his magnificent hats. 

Vaida Petreikiene Give-Away and Chrissie Day Competition…Be sure to enter!!!

June 25, 2011

By the way, if you haven’t ordered your book by Chrissie Day and Nicola Brown, entitled From Felt to Friendship, make a note to do so…you’ll be glad that you did. Truly, it’s inspirational in so many ways. 

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Well, that’s all for this evening….My sweet dog is awaiting his walk;-)

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Be sure and check both Vaida’s and Chrissie’s blogs…You just might be the lucky recipient of one of these most gracious offers. And, to you dear Vaida and Chrissie, may you receive in abundance the joy and beauty that you so generously give away. 

Happy felting and wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all,

Dawn Edwards

 

 

Ode to Nicola Brown and Chrissie Day…Thank you dear friends…

June 10, 2011
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One other thing that I wanted to be sure to include in this post, was a huge thank you to Chrissie Day (of the UK) for my beautiful nuno-felted jacket, which I won in her fall competition. Chrissie is so generous in her giving…I can’t imagine the hours upon hours that Chrissie put into making this jacket especially for me…All of the sampling, measuring, pattern making, feltmaking, designing, creating…Well, the list goes on and on, but can you believe such generosity? Amazing! I have now proudly worn my Chrissie work of art to several events, each of which has generated much interest as to who made it, how it was made, and requests to take a closer look at the unbelievable detail (oh, did I mention that Chrissie also screenprinted it?) I’m sure most of you know the enormously talented Chrissie, as she’s a long-time feltmaker with a huge following (me included) and heart. Chrissie’s blog is always filled with lots of great information, so be sure to take a peek to see what’s up in the world of all things felt/fiber related. My jacket also appears in the new book, From Felt to Friendship, co-written by Chrissie Day and Nicola Brown. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, be sure to order yours at either Blurb or Amazon’s UK site. It’s not only a fantastic addition to your feltmaking library, but also a great insight into the joys of making new friends through shared interests, in this case feltmaking, regardless of where you may be located. To date, Chrissie and Nicola have not met face-to-face, but plans are in the works for their fist meeting. I know that it will be a wonderful get-together. Below, you’ll find a pictures of Nicola wearing Chrissie’s jacket (looks great on you Nicola…And, it’s not green:-)

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By the way, proud mom speaking here…The image shown above, and in the book, was taken by my oldest son, Ryan of Ryan Lindsey Photography, located right here in Michigan. If you’re looking for a great photographer, one who is very patient, talented, and an all-around good guy, be sure to contact him. Why look, he even managed to capture an image of me with my eyes open…Not an easy task, let me assure you.

Oh, and back to Chrissie, just a little background and then I’ll post workshop pictures…Chrissie, in addition to being a great friend, is also an acclaimed feltmaker, artist, teacher, and author. She’s written numerous books including: Wire Jewelry: Crocheted, Knitted, Twisted and Beaded: 35 Stunning Step-by-Step Projects; Socks (Cozy); Felt Style; Hot-Water Bottle Covers (Cozy); and Quick Crochet: 35 Fast, Fun Projects to Make in a Weekend. Whew, that’s quite a list and I may have missed a couple, but you’ll find the entire list on Amazon’s UK site. Well, as you can see, I’m pretty lucky to have an original Chrissie Day garment…And, it is definitely an original, even has one of her super cool handmade sterling silver tags attached. You can see the making of the jacket by scrolling through Chrissie’s older blog posts.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart dear Chrissie and Nicola for the joy that you continually bring into my life. So, with a grateful heart…Here’s to friendship. Wherever we may be located on the face of this beautiful earth…Oceans can not separate us. 

Happy felting to one and all,

Dawn Edwards

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The Big Day Has Finally Arrived….

May 18, 2011

Good morning all! Well the big day has finally arrived, fellow feltmaker and great friend, Nicola Brown of Ireland will be arriving shortly. I couldn’t sleep a wink last night…So excited that this day has finally rolled around. Nicola’s had a whirlwind week teaching at the Tin Thimble in Loomis, CA….Can’t wait to hear all about it…Sounds like a marvelous week. Nicola will be teaching here in Plainwell on Friday and Saturday of this week. We still have a couple of openings for Friday’s class. Check Nicola’s workshop page if you’re interested in attending or send me an e-mail at dawn@feltsoright.com. We’d love to see you. Here’s a photo taken just last October prior to her departure..So happy that I’ll be returning to the same airport in just a bit to retrieve her. Welcome to Michigan Nicola!!!! 

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Dreary Outside…Great Day to Nuno-Felt…

May 16, 2011

Here’s to many years of continued felting, creativity and joy…

Dawn Edwards

 

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It Was A Great Day at the KIA…

May 1, 2011

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WE ARE MAKERS…

April 27, 2011

I had the great pleasure of attending a town hall type meeting in the cool GRid70 building in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan last night. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor even intermittent tornado sirens kept us from our appointed meeting. The tornados thankfully never materialed, but what did was a very informative meeting on the Maker Faire and “making”. Funny that I wound up being there at all, as I wouldn’t have known of it, had my good friend, Nicola Brown of Ireland, not informed me of it. Isnt that funny? Nicola, all the way across the ocean, letting me know of something really cool in my own backyard. Anyway, we began the meeting by introducing ourselves and giving a little information about what we “make”. Well, have you ever heard of a fiber artist of any sort (or any kind of “maker”) who didn’t want to share what they do??? Not likely! I explained that I was a feltmaker, with a good friend in Ireland who had given me the heads-up on the meeting. What a chuckle that received. But truly, the internet is a wonderful place to connect with others, especially if you have a shared passion, such as feltmaking. So thank you Nicola for the information on this meeting, and oh, by the way, you and I were mentioned by Matthew Gryczan (writer and inventor) in today’s Sci Tech Communications blog. Just click to read.

Anyway, back to last night’s meeting…The speaker was none-other than the visionary Make Magazine and Maker Faire founder, Dale Dougherty. Dale said he’s fascinated with where ideas come from and how they are developed. One of the things that you immediately notice about Dale is his enthusiasm and zest for living and profound interest in “making”. He brought up at last night’s meeting the strong emphasis on testing in the schools, resulting in less time for hands-on learning. Not a lot of time for “making”, learning how things are made, what makes them work, and just as important, the joy of “making”. Hmmmm…What about we hands-on learners? Well, partly in response to this, Dale launched the first Maker Faire in 2006 in San Mateo, CA. Last year, Dougherty brought it to New York, and also to The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, attracting over 18,000 people for the Detroit Maker Faire. Maker Faire will be back to The Henry Ford on July 30-31, 2011. If you live anywhere in the area, or want to take a cool vacation, be sure to check it out. Either apply as a “maker”, or come and enjoy all things “made”…Be it arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, etc., you’ll likely find it there. 

One of the things that Dale mentioned that really struck a chord with me, was that one does not need to be perfect in order to create, and that creation comes in many forms…music, art, robotics, cooking, feltmaking…Well, the possibilities truly are endless. If you enjoy it, or think that you might…Just do it (hey, that would make a great slogan)! If you like to sing…Then by all means, do…You needn’t have the voice of Celine Dion in order to make music. Why, you’ll never know what you might find that you have a real passion for if you don’t give it a whirl. We really do have a need to create … So, what are you making? Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know. Me, I’ve been working on nuno-felted scarves for the past couple of weeks in anticipation of my class on Saturday at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. If you’re in the area and looking for something fun and creative to do, be sure to check the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts website. Nuno-felt scarves are the perfect accessory for Spring and Summer…Lightweight, airy, and lovely. Lots of different design possibilities, so no two are ever the same, and hey, you’ll be creating, which is a good thing.
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Happy felting…Happy Making. 

Big Hugs,
Dawn 

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HATS HODGEPODGE…

April 15, 2011

I love the image shown here of Kate wearing a fun black felt beret from Whiteley Fischer, a British hat manufacturer who has been in the millinery trade for more than 60 years. Whiteley has been quoted as saying that, “Hats seem to be very fashionable at the moment. Once someone like Kate starts wearing them, I’m sure more people will follow.” 

Another of Middleton’s favorite hat designers is the London-based Irish milliner, Philip Treacy, who is designing headwear for Kate’s bridal party. While I’m sure that the below won’t be one of Treacy’s designs for the wedding, it is most creative and pure whimsy.

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I love teaching felt hat-making and have another class scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2011 at the fabulous Judith M Hats and Supplies, in LaGrange, Indiana.

 

For those of you not able to make that class, a favorite resource of mine, the book, Fabulous Felt Hats: Dazzling Designs from Handmade Felt by Chad Alice Hagen.  I had the great pleasure of meeting and taking Chad’s “Airy Fairy Scarf” class last summer at Jone Rakoski’s Creative Felt Gathering (CFG), which was truly a wonderful experience. Chad is an excellent teacher, funny, thorough, and a legend in the feltmaking world. 

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In addition to meeting Chad Alice Hagen, I had the privilege of taking the “Elis Style Hats” class from the amazing Elis Vermeulen of the Netherlands. For those of you who may not know Elis, she is one of the organizers of FeltUnited, along with Cynthia Reynolds, aka MinDesign, of Norway. FeltUnited’s mission is “to connect feltmakers around the globe to raise awareness of felt as both a craft and an artform.” FeltUnited 2011 will take place around the globe…in studios, schools, on catwalks, through exhibits…Well, you get the gist…Anywhere and everywhere…Even Plainwell! Elis and Cynthia do so much to promote feltmaking, for which I am most grateful. It was a joy to take Elis’ workshops, as  she is one of my all-time favorite feltmakers. I love not only her grandiose felt creations (check out her latest project,  ‘Global Burrows’ ), but also her heart. If you ever have the chance to take a class from Elis, be sure to sign up…You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it and shall eat my hat if you are not!!! Not too worried about making good on that promiseJ

Here’s a picture of one of the two hats that I made in Elis’ class, and modeled by Elis’ lovely daughter, Rachel, who modeled all of our creations without one ounce of wincing! Thank you dear Rachel. Rachel also has a great I-pod full of really cool music. I felt like a teenager again listening to late night music in the studio. 

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Lastly, one final hat of mine, this one photographed by my talented son, Ryan, of Ryan Lindsey Photography. If you live in the West Michigan area and need a great photographer, one who is very patient, and who has a great eye, be sure to get in touch with him…Tell him his mom sent you. This photo is an image that appeared in 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown.

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Well, that’s all for this evening…Here’s to hats, felt, friends and family.

Happy felting and big hugs,

Dawn 

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