Nicola Brown | The journey and story behind one naturally printed felt wrap!
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The journey and story behind one naturally printed felt wrap!

The journey and story behind one naturally printed felt wrap!

Last year a call went out to Feltmaker Ireland members inviting submissions for a curated exhibition titled 'Origins: Felt in the Natural World'. Regular readers of this blog may remember that I was delighted to have a large naturally printed nuno felt wrap accepted, the timing was extremely tight but I managed to felt and print it in the week between trips to the US and Portugal! A visitor to Borris a Food & Craft Market saw images of the wrap on display at the National Botanic Gardens and wanted to buy it, between the jigs and the reels we never managed to actually meet up again (she was a one off visitor!) so in November I brought the wrap with me to the Glucksman Gallery Christmas Fair. Enter Kate!

Kate was on holiday from the US visiting her sister who is living in Dublin, her daughter was getting married very shortly and she'd had been searching for months to find a special piece to compliment her mother of the bride dress. As soon as she saw the wrap Kate knew it was the one, love at first sight! It looked amazing on her at the Glucksman and I was so excited that someone would be buying it to wear on such a special occasion. As soon as Kate decided to purchase the wrap her sister stepped in with a lovely surprise, she bought it as a gift for an upcoming 'special' birthday and off the piece went to the States, nice surprise!

Last week I got a lovely email from Kate with stunning pictures as promised from the wedding. I was so touched with her message and asked her if I could share part of the email and some of the pictures. As soon as I saw them I understood exactly why the eucalyptus, black tea and onion skin wrap complimented her silk outfit so beautifully, I think that the colours were divine together.

In Kate's words, 'I wanted you to know that it made me feel so extra special that day! It really looked like it was meant to be with my dress. Everyone loved it and I of course, told them the story. Not only did I love the look, but the feel of the fabric was so soft and comfortable. We had a blizzard the night before the wedding and it was so cold and windy. It just felt so cozy in my wrap!!

Your work is so beautiful and I really appreciate your art. Thank you for making me feel so beautiful on one of the most important days of my life. I know it was heaven sent!!'

Thank you so much Kate for taking the time to write to me, I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the day so much and from the wedding pictures it's obvious that everyone else did too!!! I look forward to having you visit Clasheen next time you're in Ireland and sharing the magic and simplicity of natural printing with you.


Nicola Brown
  • Lyn
    Posted at 21:44h, 11 March Reply

    The wrap looks beautiful and as if it were made for the dress.

  • Terriea
    Posted at 00:21h, 12 March Reply

    Gorgeous wrap on charming lady made by brilliant designer! Goes so well on Kate’s silk gown. Pictures are great. The first one is touching. I can see the happiness on their faces.

  • Ginny Huber
    Posted at 02:12h, 12 March Reply

    A lovely story and wrap! The first picture as terriea says is touching to me too. That wrap was perfect for the dress and occasion, Nicola! Brava!

  • Mary McAndrew
    Posted at 11:43h, 12 March Reply

    Nicola, the wrap does look beautiful and it’s a great compliment to her gown! What a great feeling it is when someone writes to you (the artist) and tells you how your art has filled their life! I love getting emails from people about my paintings or prints when they buy one. Keep creating, your very talented!

  • Dawn Savage
    Posted at 18:54h, 12 March Reply

    This wrap looks so unique and beautiful with her gown! stunning!

  • Sheila Andrews
    Posted at 01:03h, 13 March Reply

    Beautiful wrap, amazing story…..gorgeous result all round.

  • wildsherkin
    Posted at 00:04h, 14 March Reply

    It looks stunning – as is the mother of the bride!

  • Tina Wendon
    Posted at 07:44h, 22 April Reply

    Love it. Love, love, LOVE it!!! Well done, Nicola, well deserved!

  • tinawendon
    Posted at 07:46h, 22 April Reply

    Stunning wrap, well-deserved praise, lovely occasion!

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