Felt Flowers Redoux

Yes, another entry about felt flowers, I have two dozen made, but not quite finished yet. Last night, however I put three of them to use, creating a headpiece for Rachel to wear for today's photo shoot  with Carolyn Ross at Wellesley Colleges' greenhouses.
Hat making 1.jpgI was fooling around in my studio trying to attach the flowers to the felted green cording in the picture, (the cording was originally intended for the back of the Nuno felt dress) without much luck. Then inspiration struck, or maybe desperation since it was 5 PM and I knew I needed something by 8:30 AM today. Why not wrap the cord around an already existing headband? Of course, I didn't have one in my studio so it was off to CVS to buy my supplies and finish the felt headpiece at home. I also brought home, all my flowers, left over green cord from another project (has a little bit of glitz in it) pins, thread, sewing needles and glue.

I wrapped the felted cord tightly around the headband with  glue along the back. Than I took the odd piece of felt cord and attached it to the felt cord, already glued down on the headband. I attached it by stitching it down, in such a way, to make the cord undulate across the headband.

Then I went all out wrapping and stitching cord  and finallyHat making 2.jpg
I stitched the the felt flowers. I also had made some free, form felt leaves. the leaves were made from pre-felt. The felt leave were used judiciously on cords that hang from the headpiece and I also attached them on the end of the band.
I took this picture at 11:45 PM last night. I went to bed convinced that I had failed. I just couldn't tell if it was going to work. I tried it on and well, lets just say mother nature would be ban me from the garden.   
Hat finished.jpg Doubts, Doubts and more Doubts which are all part of the artists dilemma. I decided to ignore the left brain critic and brought the felted headpiece to the shoot anyway. What did I have to loose? It wouldn't be the first time something that I had made ended  up in the circular file.  BUT not this time, the shoot at the greenhouse went better than I could have hoped and I will post pictures and videos tomorrow. When I placed the felted headpiece on Rachel, it tied the whole Nuno felted jacket and Nuno felt dress together.  On Rachel, the headpiece comes alive and the scale is perfect. I love this picture of her. Thank you Rachel and Carolyn Ross for the beautiful photograph.

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Rachel looks beautiful! You did a spectacular job with the flowers! I love the hair, the dress, and all the flowers! What wonderful work!!!

Good morning Barbara,

Well, I have the answer to why you were unsure of whether or not you liked the flower headpiece (which is stunning!) My diagnosis: It was 11:45 p.m. when you finished up and you'd been working on this piece all day...Sheer and utter exhaustion:-)

I found the below quote the other day from artist, Chuck Close, who was featured in The Wisdom Project book. I thought you might like it, too. I just love the part about not waiting for the clouds to part. I was in one of those creative slumps the other day, and after reading his "wisdom advice", I got up and moving and set off to work. Obviously ordered a copy of the book and can't wait for it to arrive. Shared wisdom... It's a good thing...Thank you for sharing yours Barbara. Here's the quote:

“The advice I like to give to artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.”

Good morning to you. Thank you for that quote! I am going to look into that book. It sound like a book that would be good to have in the studio. The quote is so true. It is the work that generates the ideas, good, bad or indifferent. With that,I am going into the kitchen, drink my coffee, pack my lunch and off to the studio I go. Thank you Dawn.

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