Monday, 14 April 2008

The art of felt

Just a quick post to tell you about this felting book by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne. If you are interested in creative textiles then she has a series of books showing a clear development of ideas from photograph to completed outcome. They are very inspirational and enable you to envisage the techniques easily. I like them for the wide range of experimentation and they give you that 'push' or spark of creativity that has you wanting to 'make'.

So far, she has produced 'the art of knitting' and 'the art of embroidery' and I have loved them both. So now, after 4 months of waiting for Amazon to stock and deliver it, 'the art of felt' has arrived!

So far the prognosis is good. It does have a different feel from the first two - I'm not sure if this is because the proportion of techniques to experimentation seems smaller or because I expected more 'how-to' information. But that doesn't mean I'm disappointed! The cover is a good example of the drawing capabilities of felt and the combinations of dry and wet felting techniques. The photographs are stunning - this is always a real strength of her books and well considered for visual language. Composition, colour, textures, detail are all so well balanced, it is a pleasure to peruse.

It is less a techniques book - although it does cover this - but more an inspirational guide to using these techniques in a creative and inspiring way. It is rare to find a felting book that considers the creative aspects of felt towards an art form or compositional piece. I find that refreshing and inspirational.

Will follow up with some images from the book - once my computer decides to be co-operative!

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