I am creating a custom costume for an upcoming music video. This creature will make it's debut soon, so stay tuned! Here is a little look into the process...
Pattern making, fitting and construction phase takes time, to ensure the appropriate fit, especially because the final costume will weigh a lot and needs to be able to move easily on the body.
I used over 9 yards of felted virgin wool fabric for the base and needle felted, by hand, over 6 lbs of merino wool, to create the fur for this creature.
Needle felting takes a lot of time when done by hand, but the amount of control I was able to achieve couldn't be done by a machine. Handwork allows me to create angles, curves and varying dimensions within the fur.
This is a little look into the direction this costume is headed. Stay tuned for the music video, which will be out soon, to see the final product!
Angela Wartes-Kahl of Common Treasury Farm shared her passion for farming and textiles in our recent visit to her Alsea, Oregon farm, where she has been farming flax for over 4 years. In this video, Pacific Northwest Fibershed takes a look at how flax is farmed and how it is processed into fiber for textile production. Thank you Angela so much for sharing your farm and what you produce with us! Enjoy this wonderful video by StereoEye Productions.
Pacific Northwest Fibershed had the pleasure of visiting with Tracy and Lyn Robertson of Ram's Head Station farm, a small family farm located in Corvallis, Oregon, the heart of the Willamette Valley. Here they breed and raise Icelandic Sheep, a heritage breed that has retained one of the purest bloodlines in the agricultural world. Hand spinners and knitters are fixated on the Icelandic sheep's wooly double-layered coat which is suited for cold and wet conditions.
It was wonderful visiting North Carolina in the Fall! Here is a pictorial from our adventure...
Photography - StereoEye Productions
The turning of the leaves creates an inspirational palette of color
A master weaver demonstrating her technique at the North Carolina Arboretum
Hiking near Lake Toxaway
Waterfalls all around us
Welcome to Asheville, NC!
Talented street musicians line the streets of Asheville
Yep, there is new development everywhere here too...
The Moog Factory!
This is how production should be done! (Moog Factory)
The River Arts District in Asheville, NC
Glass Artist Studio in the River Arts District
Penland School of Crafts...a truly magical place!
Art everywhere you look at the Penland School of Crafts
Spectacular views from the mountains
Ruin has it's beauty
Thank you North Carolina for helping me cross a few things off my list...