Last evening, while my wife and I were having our own art opening downstairs at Stifel & Capra, Amy Green Thrasher exhibited her felt and wood carving on the second floor of the old Victorian house in Falls Church, Virginia.
“Amy Green Thrasher Trunk Show at Stifel & Capra
Date: October 5, 2013
Felted Jewelry by Amy Green Thrasher. Just in time for the cool weather, Amy brings in her beautiful array of felted wool jewelry. Cozy and colorful, these pieces include everything from necklaces to hairclips.”
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See the picture of Amy Green Thrasher's “open trunk.” It is a fabulous visual array, and women patrons were walking away with fine new felt jewelry last evening before the big show today.
Felting is a fascinating art form among a plethora of ways to create art objects. Like every art type, there are techniques involved, some that have been passed down for eons.
“Felt is a non-woven textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together. Felt can be made of natural fibres such as wool or synthetic fibres such as acrylic. There are many different types of felts for industrial, technical, designer and craft applications.
While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can vary in terms of fiber content, colour, size, thickness, density and more factors depending on the use of the felt.”
Here is an interesting note that supports the history. A Sumerian warrior who was known for his inventiveness is credited for having discovered feltmaking. Yet, another story has it that Saint Clement and Saint Christopher had their followers pack their sandals with wool to prevent blistering as they fled persecution. At the end of the journey they had a bonus, wool felt socks.
There are different types of felting: wet, needle, and carroting. The processes and techniques have changed over time. For instance, mercury was used in treating skins in the process of making hats from animal fur. That gave rise to the phrase, “mad hatter” as hatmakers became daffy from the poisoning.
The hazardous aspects of art making have been mitigated to some extent by modern technology, but in the end, the artistic products come from human genius.
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