Sharron Parker pays homage to the nature she loves, not by trying to capture what she sees directly, but by creating something new that celebrates the nature that inspired it.
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Capturing the Light II, Handmade Felt, 45″ x 86″ x 4″
She works with wool in a manner similar to the way that a painter works with paint. Using a few basic colors, she blends them together to create new colors – her palette is a drum carder that allows her to comb the basic wool colors together. The wall hangings, ranging in size from small, framed pieces to large-scale works more than 7 feet wide, are reminiscent of sweeping vistas, complex rock surfaces and night skies.
Rose Petal Screen, Handmade Felt, 76″ x 58″ x 34″
Tunic II, Handmade Felt, 31″ x 25″ x 3″
Raku Sky, Handmade Felt, 34″ x 42″ x 3″
Copper Traces, Handmade Felt, 28″ x 58″ x 3″
Rockface II, Handmade Felt, 31″ x 42″ x 2″
Written in Stone IV, Handmade Felt, 38″ x 49″ x 2″
I use the ancient technique of feltmaking not to capture what I’ve seen directly, but to create something new. The simplicity of the technique — combing, layering, and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock — allows me to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. The shape of a piece might come from a bird’s wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, a line from the sinuous edge of a pond meeting the shore, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree. I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it.” Sharron Parker
In the video above Parker walks us through her process. More from the artist on artful home. [/private_archives]