Category Archives: Creative Work

Fleece from a Gentle Farmer

Last year, I took the decision to go vegan but as I’ve always worked with felting techniques, wanted to see if there was any way I could continue.

I got talking to a friend who has a small sheep farm, who other than his pet sheep Priscilla, are part of the normal ‘meat’ system. We talked about how that wasn’t his choice and if he could remove even some of his 500 sheep from that system, he would really like to do that.

He’s not organic but he is what he describes as a ‘gentle farmer’ who looks to avoid stress for his sheep where possible. They still do get medication, etc. and they are still sheared so there is some stress there but he looks to minimise it where possible, Last year, I got a whole fleece from the beautiful Priscilla which I am still preparing.

What we are trying to establish is if there is a market for raw fleece from sheep who live in this way.
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Trying different ways of preparing Priscilla’s fleece. Most of Sam’s sheep are white but Priscilla is dark brown in colour. Once prepared, it felts and spins really well.

 

From what I can see, they have a good life with lots of space to roam and if Sam can come up with another ‘way’, they will be able to continue that life until its natural end.

Please share with anyone you think might be interested and ask them to contact me either through  this site or elementalsholisticliving on Facebook.
I know it won’t suit everyone but if we can get enough interest for him, it might mean a better outcome for at least some sheep. Imagine if we could sort something out for all 500!

 

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Dreaded Spring Pixies

Here’s some felted Pixies I’m working on at the moment. Ones nearly finished and the other was just started yesterday. They’re mainly needle felted with some flat felting for clothes, etc.

Hoping to run a ‘Shrunken Heads’ workshop soon at our workspace in Dundee to show people how to make pixie heads, hare heads and other animal heads….

Craft Bomb, Perth – what to look for and where

We’ve updated the ‘Where to Look Guide’ following last nights installation…. Hope you like our CraftBomb 🙂

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Here is the guide to what to look for and where for this years Craftbomb, Perth.

If you’re not there yet and need directions, here’s a link….

If you’re using a Smartphone and have accessed this page via the QR code on the posters/tags on the craftbomb works, We’d be really grateful if you could let us know what you think (I don’t have a Smartphone so can’t test it :-)) and any feedback gratefully received.

We started setting up in the morning so the images from then are lovely, bright and sunny. When we returned with Sheila and Louise at about 7pm, the weather had changed and by the time we’d finished, it was starting to get dark so apologies for some of the later images.

So… here we go…. The Perth Craftbomb starts just before the existing Dragonfly sculpture and finishes near the wooden Ant sculpture…

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Craft Bomb, Perth – Press Release

Here’s the press release we’re using for Craft Bomb, Perth – If anyone can help us publicise it, would be very grateful 🙂

If you go down to Moncreiffe Hill woods today…. you’ll find Craft Bomb ….

Driftwood Sundial

Rustic Driftwood Sundial Creation by Garry Brown

A local event organised on the Moncreiffe Hill sculpture trail as part of Voluntary Arts Week. Voluntary Arts Week takes place from 11th to 19th May and is a week long celebration of amateur arts and crafts. It aims to turn public places across the UK and Republic of Ireland into a riot of colour and creativity to celebrate the first day of Voluntary Arts Week and events are usually kept under wraps until the last minute for maximum impact.

This year’s event in Perth is taking place on Moncreiffe Hill, will be on for the full week and features fibre, textile and driftwood work by four local arts and crafts people.

Shona Adam commented ‘We were delighted that The Woodland Trust were keen to support our involvement in VA week and our ideas for Moncreiffe Hill. We’re doing it in a small way this year but hopefully we’ll be able to get more people interested in a bigger event for next year’

Felted Mushrooms

Felted Mushrooms by Shona Adam

So if you visit Moncreiffe Hill over the next week keep your eyes peeled for Shona Adam’s little felted wool mushrooms (some of which you can take away), a wonderful driftwood sundial by Garry Brown, a textile sculpture by Sheila Buchanan and a surprise piece by Louise Ormerod. Also look out for little ‘fibre balls’ which we hope will encourage the local bird life to get involved in some colourful nest building and ‘craft bomb’ constructions of their own.

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Fibre Balls to give the birds nesting materials to create their own craft bomb creations

Rory Syme from the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “It’s great that local artists are adding an extra splash of colour to Moncreiffe Hill for Volunteer Arts Week. I’m sure that these vibrant artworks will be a big hit with visitors.”

The craft bomb works will be located around the sculpture trail and treasure hunt accessed from the Moncreiffe Hill Tay car park and will be available to view from 11th to 19th May. If you have a Smartphone, you’ll be able to scan the poster at the car-park for helpful hints on where to find the craft bomb works – otherwise, you’ll find them near the existing artworks on the sculpture trail.

Craftbomb, Perth

If you’re creative and are interested in getting involved in future Craft Bomb or similar events, contact Shona Adam via https://elementalsholisticliving.wordpress.com/

Contact Details: Shona Adam, T 01738 445432, M 07592 782 272

Craftbomb, Perth will take place between 11 and 19th May 2013 on Moncreiffe Hill Treasure Hunt and Sculpture Trail. Look for little needle felted mushrooms (which you can take away if you find them) and creative pieces by Sheila Buchanan and Garry Brown

Craft Bomb, Perth – what to look for and where

Here is the guide to what to look for and where for this years Craftbomb, Perth.

If you’re not there yet and need directions, here’s a link….

If you’re using a Smartphone and have accessed this page via the QR code on the posters/tags on the craftbomb works, We’d be really grateful if you could let us know what you think (I don’t have a Smartphone so can’t test it :-)) and any feedback gratefully received.

We started setting up in the morning so the images from then are lovely, bright and sunny. When we returned with Sheila and Louise at about 7pm, the weather had changed and by the time we’d finished, it was starting to get dark so apologies for some of the later images.

So… here we go…. The Perth Craftbomb starts just before the existing Dragonfly sculpture and finishes near the wooden Ant sculpture…

Start near the gorgeous dragonfly…

There are three pieces for you to see here – a fibre ball, a porcelain mushroom stack and a basket of mushrooms (which you might have just walked past) and you can help yourself to a mushroom if there are any left 🙂

Look near the wonderful slug…

Follow the path to the huge wonderful slug that sits above the path. We set up part of our craftbomb at night and could certainly see why this slug takes pride of place – we had to be so careful not to stand on anyone 🙂 Around here you’ll find three pieces – some mushrooms hidden under a crevice, Tree of Life by Louise Ormerod and the start of Sheila Buchanans pieces….

Follow the trail to ‘All we leave are footprints’….

There are lots of things to see between the Slug and the Footprints stepping stones. Look out for mushrooms, fibreballs and Sheila’s artworks hidden in the grass…

Follow the path…

Look out for Garry Browns rustic sundial as you follow the path up the hill – it’s near the Footprint sculpture. If it’s sunny, try it out as it works really well!

Continue along the path up the hill and take a slight detour to have a rest at the bench – from here you’ll see some more little mushrooms…

Finish at ‘You’ll have to stand still to see us’…

There are three pieces located near the wooden Ant Sculpture – get yourself positioned to see the ant correctly and look for another Porcelain Mushroom Stack, a fibre ball and some more mushrooms hidden away for you to find….

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Craft Bomb, Perth, 11th to 19th May 2013

Poster for next weeks Craftbomb, Perth. THe QR code will give you hints as to where the artworks will be so feel free to cheat if you have a Smartphone 🙂Craftbomb, Perth

If you’re in the local area please share and publicise and visit Moncreiffe Hill to see what you can find 🙂

Perth Craft Bomb Event, 11-19th May, #Perth, #craftbomb

Here’s the next batch…. we’re now up to twenty one with this lot so half way there…

Felt mushrooms for Craftbomb

Craftbomb, Perth will take place between 11 and 19th May 2013 on Moncreiffe Hill Treasure Hunt and Sculpture Trail. Look for little needle felted mushrooms (which you can take away if you find them) and creative pieces by Sheila Buchanan and Garry Brown

Craft Bomb Event, 11-19th May, Perth, #craftbomb

Here’s the next two lots of mushrooms for our Craft Bomb event which will take place along the sculpture trail on Moncreiffe Hill near Perth – our works are small so you’ll need to look carefully to find them 🙂

The first mushrooms were featured earlier in the week and I’m not sure what these are based on but if I get time to add the spots, I think they’ll probably be Panther Caps.

Felt Mushrooms

This is the second batch and they’re based on Porcelain mushrooms which I think like to grow on beech trees – ours will probably be on a tree stump somewhere though…

Felted Mushrooms

Working on some very bright Fly Agaric at the moment so more images to follow tomorrow…

Alice in Wonderland – Needle Felted White Rabbit

Here’s a preview of my needle felted White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I’m currently working on a series of characters including Mad Hatter, March Hare, etc. and I’ll post the full collection once they’re finished.

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He’s mostly needle felted from Merino but his jacket was made from a wet felted flat piece which was then needle felted to give the patterning. This was then cut to shape using a little jacket pattern I made for him… wish my clothes were as easy to make 🙂

Still have to make his pocket watch and the pictures I have here also include a parasol so would quite like to make a working parasol from felt – we’ll see how it goes.

Mad Hatter is already complete and March Hare and Alice are on hold while we work on Craft Bomb pieces.

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Here’s the first of the mushrooms for Craft Bomb 2013.

Some of them are going to be based on actual types of mushroom but not sure what these are….. will post images of the porcelain mushrooms I did at the weekend tomorrow.

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Needle Felted Mushrooms from Merino Wool

We were up Moncreiffe Hill yesterday looking for good places for mushrooms and found quite a few so hopefully if I get enough made, it will be a good treasure hunt to find them…