It has been a while since my last blog, partly because we had the chaos of moving house and studio in June, and I haven't had time to do much except both pack and keep making, and try not to begin twitching to much! BUT it has been very positive, as we have a much more roomy, light and inspiring home and studio, so the stress was worth it!
So, what's new? Well, I have a mailing list/newsletter now, so if you would like to be kept up to date with workshops, offers, courses etc, please email me and let me know. It is a great way to find out first about everything at Ffelty Towers ;-)
I travelled down to Cardigan Castle to run a 3D workshop, where each person made a wonderful creature over the course of the day, and we enjoyed a yummy lunch before becoming engrossed in our creations! The following day, I ran a Hare making workshop at the WoolCroft in Abergavenny, and again, each person made a fabulous little sculpture. two blissful days, and two lovely groups of very enthusiastic and creative ladies!
The next exciting event is my exhibition in Porth - a solo exhibition on the Makers Beyond wall at the Workers Gallery and Workshops... the details are on the events page here. I will be exhibiting both 2 and 3 D works, and there are other exhibitions and displays there too, so if you fancy a lovely day out to a wonderfully rescued old library, transformed into a beautiful gallery by two very lovely people, you will be in for a treat!
As some of you know, each year I run free workshops for children at the Green Man festival , which is in August. Each year we use about £200 of roving wool, over 4 days, with 100's of people taking part each day from dawn til dusk! This year, I am asking anyone who can spare £1 to help sustain these free workshops by donating to the fundraiser, as I have asked local businesses for the last 3 years, and I don't think I should expect the same from them again :-) If you feel that you can help by sharing, or donating, please follow the link - https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/freeworkshops?utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_content=freeworkshops&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=W6Q9VqWx5 I have already had some very generous donations and I am IMMENSELY grateful to everyone for all the amazing support - the children will really appreciate your efforts!
This year I have also been approached by several sheep farmers, offering me their fleece, some for money, some for gifts, some as donations, all of which is amazing as I am now gathering all types of raw fleece and learning more about how to use it, process it by hand, or incorporate it raw into my work... I will post some photos soon so that you can see them in their beauty!
I am also going somewhere VERY exciting in the early autumn, and I am not allowed to say where just yet, but it is going to be such an adventure! Sorry for not giving you any previews yet, but, I will VERY soon, I promise :-)
I have also opened up slots for anyone wishing to book a quieter, 1-2-1 therapeutic workshop, where we can either needle or wet felt something that represents an aim, an achievement, a wish or a comfort ... if you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about these, please email me - if you would like to extend the treat into an overnight or weekend retreat, I can also supply some details of very lovely places and people to contact. The 1-2-1 sessions are usually held at my studio, overlooking the Brecon Beacons, with the hills rising behind us and the garden full of birds. You may also suggest your own location. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
For ideas, questions, bookings or information, please use the contact form on this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for all your tremendous support! Love and Blessings to you all - I am off now to prepare for my family visiting for my birthday tomorrow, and my friends arriving to stay on the weekend to continue the celebrations... see you all soon! Xxx