When I began needle felting, I had no idea you could or should try to use an armature inside of your sculpture. By doing this, it enables the sculpture to be posed. Not only did it kick my work up a notch, it made it so much fun to display. Some of my gallery mates have had too much fun acting out scenarios with my work while on display.
The downside of pose-able sculptures is that to you can expect pilling. Just like your favorite wool sweater may get a little worn under the arms, the wool may ball in areas. Simply remove it with a detail scissor or do a felt touch up with a fine detail felting needle. When I sell sculptures to those I know will be repositioning frequently (yes those people exist) I always include a needle for touch ups, however I also offer free touch ups at the owner's shipping expense as part of my sale.
Bottom line...try it...you may like working with the wire.
Sometimes coming up with a theme for a new show can be tough, but this one seemed to scream out at me. Drumroll please...bring on the red carpet...we're going topside! "FASCINATED" A Milliner's Nightmare will be debuted Friday, April 8 2016 from 6-9 pm at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, Florida.
According to Wikipedia: Since the 1990s the term "fascinator" refers to a form of formal headwear worn as an alternative to the hat; it is usually a large decorative design attached to a band or clip, sometimes incorporating a base to resemble a miniature hat, in which case it may be called a hatinator.
Drawing from my days in the fashion industry, red carpet fashion is not new to me; creating hats however is very new to me. My approach will be a bit bizarre because I am still and always will be a fiber sculptor who loves to felt bunnies, but I realize how much fun it can be to shake things up a bit. I'm still in the sketch phase, although I realize I must work quickly. Please stay posted for images if you are too far away to attend. Please attend if you can.
Here are some fun fascinators that I grabbed off of google images. Enjoy