Posted by Wanda on October 31, 2014
Group member Jennifer Logie explains that "wool is one of the oldest materials used to create decorative items. It is a wonderfully tactile medium that just begs to be transformed.
"Our group responds to that call using a variety of wools. It may be recycled clothing or blankets, spun yarn, yardage straight off a bolt of fabric, or a piece of wool hand dyed for a particular effect. The creative process may involve appliquéing or felting, but most commonly, hooking strips of wool into a background. From this simple act emerge articles from small coasters to large wall hangings to ventures into three dimensional objects.
"Hooking with wool started as a practical domestic chore to make small mats to cover unheated floors. Today these are no longer required, but the primitive folk art used to decorate them still charms. Some of us draw inspiration from these motifs. Some of the work may be based on an individual’s interpretation of a commercial pattern; some will be original. Others in the group use the real world as inspiration, perhaps working from a photographic or printed image. Still others are attracted by more painterly approaches, creating finely textured work with great detail.
"While working in wool has moved beyond the strictly utilitarian, you will find items that are still highly functional as well as ornamental. Other items will be purely decorative."
Works in Wool will be exhibiting for two months; from November 1 to December 30th during regular library hours.