Nicola Brown | Vessel turned bag!
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Vessel turned bag!

Vessel turned bag!

Some of you may remember I had tried and failed to shape a large felt vessel to compliment three smaller ones made for the inaugural FORM exhibition in June. The depth of the vessel coupled with the thickness of the wool (many fine layers in the layout) and lack of time did not agree with my current tennis elbow, finally I put it aside and decided to revisit it later.

Later arrived the other day, pretty quickly actually as it turned out! Merridee, Keith and I gathered some windfallen eucalyptus leaves from an unidentified tree while out walking, I flattened the vessel as best as I could, soaked it I vinegar then bundled it and boiled for several hours in a eucalyptus and onion skin dye bath.

Interesting prints where an insect has eaten into the. Edge of the eucalyptus leaf! Felting and printing by Nicola Brown - Clasheen

I'm thrilled with the printing result although I still couldn't reshape it quite the way I'd like to, never mind, this one's a keeper and after the Kilkenny Arts Festival is over I'll add a leather shoulder strap!

Felt bag by Nicola Brown

Large felt bag naturally printed with eucalyptus leaves by Nicola Brown



Nicola Brown
  • Joy Nelson
    Posted at 10:43h, 18 August Reply

    I love your Eco Dying and your bag is stunning. We have just had the hugest winds so tomorrow I will be out walking to collect leaf fall for my next cook up. Can’t wait.

  • Deb Seeger
    Posted at 23:05h, 04 September Reply

    Rich colors.

  • Ducky
    Posted at 18:09h, 11 September Reply

    Your eye for color and natural form is exquisite! I would love to be able to see your work in person, it looks so textural.

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