Friday, March 19, 2010

Page of the Sea and Nuno Felted Wrap

Here is the page that I made for Mandy for March for the Story of the Traveling Pages swap. Her theme is "The Sea" and I chose the jellyfish because I've always liked those photos of jellyfish that are so luminescent floating around in the sea. I did find with my research of the jellyfish that their populations are growing larger and larger mainly due to pollution and global warming. Jellyfish are able to survive with relatively little oxygen and therefore take over "dead zones" in the ocean. They eat the remaining native fish population and continue to thrive and reproduce. They are a sign that the oceans are out of balance. Of course, I never knew any of this before I started this page. Interesting, the things that you learn as you're researching a project. I got most of my material from the Baltimore Aquarium website. The page is made from a painted background and  the jellyfish is made from a mixture of silk, Angelina fibers and paint. I then machine thread sketched over the jellyfish to give it more definition.
 
Here's a close up. I used DynaFlow and Lumiere paints.
On the back, I included a quote from Jacques Cousteau, "The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever."



This is a scarf that I bought several years ago that I finally used for nuno felting. The scarf was already dyed this color and I added black and grey merino wool for the nuno felting. I didn't use much wool at all so it is very light.
















Here's a closer view.

I am now in a bit of a quandry because I've injured my back. Not doing anything mind you, just sitting for too long at a conference I attended last weekend. So I'm having trouble doing anything that I want to do as I can't sit for more than 5-10 minutes at a time and I can't lean over or bend at all. So felting is out for a while. Hopefully, I will heal soon and be back to normal but my work output is definitely going to decrease for a while. Got to go, this has taken up too long in the chair already.

2 comments:

FeltFinland said...

This is lovely! I have a 'penchent' for jellyfish at the moment. I have some great yarn which has tentacle written all over it!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful rendering of a jellyfish with fibers.
I am not a jelly fish fan, lol. We are getting tons of the harmless ones here, and they do take over and destroy habitats.

Debbie