Saturday, 12 January 2013

Medusa - a felt sculpture

A long time ago - April 2010 to be honest,
I posted about a new project I had been working on ...
and I've just found the long lost photos! 
I had joined a fibre group
who experimented with all types of creative fibre methods.
We had been given a challenge with a theme of
'Wild Women'
My mind went immediately to Medusa.
To me she was truly wild, exiled to survive on her own
and all the while haunted
by the writhing of a myriad of snakes which replaced her hair.
I could imagine a felted bust of her tortured face
and snakes of all colours and textures
slithering about her, so I set myself to work
- creating a project which is still unfinished.
. . . Firstly I went under the house and found some garden wire
to build a basic frame

Then covered the frame with chicken wire.
This allowed me to shape her face

And I covered the soon-to-be snakes with fabric medical tape
to prevent the fibres slipping away from the wire

Using corriedale fleece I began to needle felt the shoulders and face

and refined the facial features

then began preparing the snakes


added some colour to the shoulders

and face

- I like her best like this


added more shape to the shoulders

and began colouring the snakes

The nights were long

It was my intention for the snakes be the feature
with each one created using different fibre techniques

but alas, I was running out of time!
I didn't want to be late for the display
... and there was still SO much to do ....
so I had to forget most of the finishing and textures 
and present her as she was
I think she looked wild enough 
but not the way I had intended.
Next time I,ll better manage my time
or be less enthusiatic and create a smaller project !


Rubie Magpie said...

Hi, me again! I love, love, love your Medusa bust. She totally reminds me of all the pictures I have seen of her in the greek mythology stories.

I never would a thought of using chicken wire as my base for needle felting either, thank you for sharing that. for my characters, I used old balls of knitting wool.

I think mini magpie would LOVE felted pixie boots. At two and a half she adores dressing up. I might have a go at felting her some.

An Aussie Felter said...

Hi Haylie,
Chicken wire was a must, since she ended up quite heavy and the wire allowed her to be hollow. I'd save it for big things - its hard work on your hands and needles. I was able to manipulate her facial expressions a little more which was handy though.