Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art.
We are group of 10 women from all over the world. We choose a question and all of us have to answer it in our blogs. It will be very interesting to read what each of us has to say, taking in account how much our lives and crafts differ.
This month's question is: What is your favorite publication(s)? Is there a book, books, magazine, or website that has become the bible of your art/craft?
Well, apart from a one day workshop almost 2 yrs ago and the workshop I recently took with Karoliin Arvilomi, I am self taught. I've bought numerous amounts of books. Some helpful, some...just gather dust in my bookshelf.
I rarely check books these days. I make things that come to my head basically, but if I had to name one that I've found pretty interesting (although it isn't for amateurs, you have to have a basic understanding of felting) that'd be "Felt to stitch". It just gave me some cool ideas and insight into embellishing. I haven't done much with it, mind you. But I'm planning to.
Another book which is particularly interesting for me since I am starting to dye my own wool and I want to do it as eco-friendly as possible, is ¨The Craft of natural Dyeing" by Jenny Dean. Techniques are very well explained, the names of each "ingredient" needed, the chemistry, the fibers,etc. Jenny, who doesn't hold back, also has a blog (Jenny Dean's Wild Colour) where she publishes her latest experiments and very kindly answers questions. She is also a client, so I like her even more :)
There is also the great, complete website of India Flint with lots of ideas and interestin info on textile dyeing.She is the writer of the book "Eco Color" (which I haven't got yet, so I can't say much...).
As for blogs that inspire and whose authors I very much admire:
Monika's Red to White
Pam's Pam de Groot Fibre and Textile Art
Inger's Daily Felt
All three have very different, distinctive styles, not afraid to try new stuff, which in my book that rates very high. All colorful, interesting creations.
There is an international Felting Forum which has a lot of info for needle felting, wet felting, dyeing, and all around fiber preparation. I don't participate as actively as I'd like, but...ya know... one can not be everywhere.
There are always new sites and blogs. I have a huuuuge list of sites bookmarked. But these here are the ones that I most often check. Maybe they help inspire you too!
Please do visit the blogs of the other women in this group:
Lily at http://lilypangart.blogspot.com
Wendren at http://thewrendesign.com
Agathe at http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Fabienne at http://easterya.blogspot.com
Charlotte at http://fancypicnic.blogspot.comNikki at http://beadedzen.blogspot.com/
Ruth at http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com