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Dancing with an Angel

21 years of an Angel Exhibition

Thursday 31 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library

This week sees the opening of the 21 Years of an Angel Exhibition. The show marks the end of Angel20, a yearlong programme of activities in Gateshead which began on the Angel of the North’s 20th anniversary in February.

I delivered a one-day workshop as part of the programme. We made needle felted replica angels. During the workshop, participants learned how to create and felt over, a wire armature.

The basic armature is covered with polyfill – this can be needle felted to build the form, saving the need to use wool fibres at this stage.

The shaping of the Angel was entertaining 😊

It’s important to keep things simple at this stage though as greater definition can be shaped once the wool fibres are added.

We used rust coloured merino tops to match the Angel’s construction materials- it’s made of weather resistant Cor-ten steel, containing a small amount of copper, which forms a patina on the surface that mellows with age.

Details were added with a deeper brown fibre.

Then thread was used to add finer details.

Each angel is mounted on a ‘landscape’ created from a fish tin and fabric

Autumn Colours 

  
It’s been good to get back to some stitching this week. Been busy with family things like sick bugs and birthdays! 

A new small piece I’m working on, it’s inspired by a sketch of the Northumbrian landscape. It’s changing as I work on it though. As I cycled through the parks this morning I got inspired by the beautiful autumn colours so I’m going to add leaves in those golden green shades to the trees on the ridge. 

I’ve layered up the background and now I’m working in the details. The clouds are needle felted and stitched, still love that effect. The fields are appliqué with hand dyed fabrics. I’ll add texture with stitch and paint. I’ve got a few of these rustic box frames to use. I think they compliment the raw edges of torn fabric, so I’m going to leave the edges unfinished. I’ll post another picture when I’m done.

Look out for it at the Station Steamer on November 6th! I’ll have some new badges ready by then as well.