Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Floating in a Moonlit Sky

Wool laid out

Silk gauze laid on top

Nuno felted

I recently signed up to be a contributor for 'Ideas of Inspiration'. Above you can see my first submission for the prompt 'Winter White'. A nuno felted scene from 'The Snowman'.

I made this yesterday for my daughter who is very poorly right now. I decided to make the child a little girl so that Naomi can imagine that she is flying with the snowman.

We bought the film for my daughter before Christmas. When I was a little girl this film was a really big deal and Aledd Jones was considered to have the most angelic voice. Watching the film with my daughter was the first time that I had heard the Mel Smith narration version which tells how naughty the little boy is, running away with an unknown snowman in the middle of the night, and stealing his fathers motorcycle too! It's quite amusing hearing the story in gravelly East End tones. Even funnier is the David Bowie intro. What was he thinking of in 1982? That hair!

This is my 3rd attempt at nuno felting. I made the wool layering as fine as possible. Some of the facial detail has been lost with the shrinkage, but I quite like the end results.

22 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

i really liked the 2 characters ... the girl makes me happy looking at her !!

Shadow said...

this is so pretty!!!

dorie said...

I think you can make a snow-collection now having two of those already. They are telling a wonderful story.

dorie said...

Again me, I think you will love a new book written by Irene van der Wolf 'Image Insight' about feltingtechniques with structres and gestalttherapy together with some lovely stories about handmade puppets. (www.kunstwolf.nl) It is written in dutch and english, has 600 pages and priced € 50,00

La Dolce Vita said...

i love the subtlety of this piece, it truly evokes the feeling of cold and snow.

Felted House said...

I never thought of doing nuno this way, by laying a fine layer on top of the fibres rather than the other way round, it's a lovely subtle effect. I haven't really persevered yet with nuno, I find it all a bit scary as I'm not used to the shrinkage!
I do hope your little girl feels better soon.

Lickety Splitter said...

How fun for children and adults alike! Love it!

ArtSparker said...

What a lovely piece, I knew it was based on the film instantly and it has the gentle feeling the film has. I hope your daughter feels better soon.

Jasmine said...

Thank you Shadow & Caio :)

Dorie - Thank you. The ook sounds wonderful. A bit out of my price range right now but i may see if I can find it on Amazon or Ebay, or put it on my wish list for my birthday later in the year.

Caterina - I had fun making it.

Felted House - I have only started playing with nuno felting. The other two I laid the silk down first and left the detail woolly side up, ut since this was a snow scene I thought it may be better the other way round. There is 40-50% shrinkage but it feels quite contained by the silk. I think the trick is in getting the wool at the correct thickness.

LS - Thank you. I like the idea of making a few fantasy/childrens characters on patches for her then maye making a big blankrt or wall hanging out of them.

Susan - Thank you. She wont eat, and is feeling so poorly that she will actually take her medicine. Dr suggests it may be asthma. I hope not, as that would put an end to my felting.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How beautiful! I hope your daughter feels better soon. Send her our giraffe best wishes!

Debrina said...

Thi sis so cute and I like the finish too - really muted and snowy looking Jasmine. Love this new direction!! You need to do standing stones next!!

Tammie Lee said...

this is quite wonderful.
it is so interesting to see each stage and so brave to leave one stage and trust in the next. how exciting.

T said...

What a lucky daughter you have. I bet she loves this. I hope that she is feeling well again very soon.

xt

Karin Bartimole said...

Jasmine, it's adorable!! I hope it helped brighten your daughter's day and that she's improved.

I just received a very creatively wrapped package :) Thank you so much for the beautiful rainbow hug - just the thing to brighten this dreary cold winter's day. It's a really fun piece on. Thank you for helping me to feel a little less poorly. much love, Karin

Natural Moments said...

This is really beautiful. I passed on the Inspiration sight to Stacey who loves to explore the realms of felting too. Thank you.

dowhatyoulove said...

What an interesting technique! Beautiful work. I bet your daughter loved it, and what a kind gift.

Assayya said...

so sweet, that cheering touch of orange in all those winter blues

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Day Jasmine, I am catching up again and I see I have miss several of your felting projects. I am sure your daughter will love your floating snowman, and your new god daughter will love her sunny warm island wool felted piece of art. Lovely work Jasmine. I hope your daughter is feeling better soon. Hugs Judy

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

This is beautiful! I sure hope your daughter feels better soon!
Thanks so much for your visit to my blog!
Darla

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I am intriqued by the process and how it's all layered and pressed together! Lovely gift for your daughter, I hope she is cheered and gets better soon!

lettuce said...

the texture and haziness of this are just perfect for the subject, its lovely

and i'm so late here - hope she is better by now

Yarni Gras! said...

I don't know HOW you made this...but I LOVE it!