Carol Jensen, Fiber
I have been accessing arts and crafts as a creative outlet for many years, beginning with ceramics, then stained glass and now fiber art for the last five years.
I first experienced wet felting while at an arts festival and was amazed at how wool roving could be felted into clothing, scarves and hats. That began my search for how to make art with felted wool. By learning different techniques on creating the world’s oldest fabric and with the use of resist in layers, my three dimensional bowls and vessels become objects that people feel compelled to touch! I am self taught and wet felting merino wool into bowls and vessels is how I celebrate color.
I use hot water, soap, agitation and compression to entangle and interlock the microscopic scales on wool fibers, creating felt fabric. I use resists in my layers of felting which prevent them from attaching to each other, creating pockets. Friction is the main catalyst for felting and there is no set amount of time it will take for the wool to felt. Factors such as the water temperature, the amount of friction, the amount of material to be felted, and number of resists affect the amount of time required to complete a piece.
My work is influenced by pottery and blown glass art. Some of my original felted bowls, vessels and sculptures are now in the USA, Finland and Canada
Whidbey Art Gallery ~ 220 2nd Street, Langley WA 98260 ~ (360) 221-7675 Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm