Finalist Craftys Competition!
Just learned that I’m a finalist at The Crafty’s competition for my wet felted Seagull hat. I entered the ‘felt crafts’ category which seemed to have quite a few needle felted entries and many cut and sew, flat felt type entries. There weren’t many wet felted creations. And there were no other hats in this category. Although there were two or three in the sewing category.
Here’s a picture of my entry, a fascinator hat, which has a seagull coming out of a nuno-felted sea. The brim edge of the hat has millinery wire sewn on which is covered with silk fabric. The seagull’s eyes are appropriately beady! The bird was felted around a resist and then stuffed with wool roving.
The piece is titled ‘Emerging.’ I don’t usually call the hats ‘pieces’ because, usually, they are hats to be worn. Nonetheless, I do try to make them sculptural; so perhaps it’s art, after all. And, I do try to express something … a feeling or mood.
For me, seagulls are serious birds who walk along the unspoiled coast or soar elegantly overhead. I know that there ARE seagulls who steal sandwiches out of people’s hands and go through garbage. Those are not my seagulls. I actually looked at pictures of Herring Gulls.
You can see my competition entry and description on the Craftsy website over here.
Here’s the competition finalist badge that they emailed me:
If you are about on Friday, November 7th, you can watch the Crafty’s livestreaming on YouTube. It should show up after the event is over too. Lastly, fingers-crossed that I can embed this media file do-hicky.