Wendy Bailye “Shadows”
Felt making is my passion. I love it. I dream about felt. I lose myself in it and I find myself in it. For me it is creative, vibrant, fun, and challenging.
Where do I gain my inspiration? I gain inspiration first and foremost from deep within myself –from all of my experiences in life. Inspiration from the beautiful rural setting I live in and the natural world that surrounds me. I love shape and form and texture. The vibrant colours and textures of the fibres and fabrics I use feed my soul. I learn so much about myself making felt. I love this quotation from Brenda Ueland.
“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate”
The work I have in this exhibition has been inspired by shadows. Lately I have been observing and photographing the changing shadows on the walls and surfaces of my home. They are fascinating and ever changing. Starting my day, I wake to the dancing shadows on my bedroom wall of the bamboo outside my window. All day the shadows and patterns change. The changes occur because of many factors, the movement of the sun, the wind outside and whether I have the curtains pulled. Each window lets in a different view and a different shadow emerges. These hidden and changing patterns have reminded me of my own hidden shadows which come to my attention as I progress through life and the seasons change. These inner “shadows” are part of my life yet I hardly know they are there, so hidden they are. Then all of a sudden they are brought to my attention and I notice them, give them the attention they deserve. Like the flickers on the wall I have never noticed. Shadows brought to life with felt and stitch ,shibori tightly tied at times and released, embellished in places with mums buttons and 1940’s Melbourne made vintage threads. I have found deep shadows, fleeting shadows, buttoned tightly and hidden shadows, all there for the viewing in the broad light of day. Enjoy!
When preparing works for “Felt as Art”, I experimented with vessel forms and the combination of hand-made felt with other materials that I enjoy using.
Copper, leather and cane each give stability to moulded and woven forms and when combined with felt, provide a contrast in textures. Felt can be made in many colours and I enjoyed blending the colours with bright copper and black or brown leather.
A combination of stitching, riveting and glueing was used to laminate the felt to the other materials, usually after moulding the different materials separately. The resulting three dimensional forms are colourful and stable.
I hope in the future to develop these techniques to make interesting larger sculptural pieces.
Spirals, Kimono Form
The inspiration for this piece is the beautiful and universal spiral form found everywhere in nature from the unfolding fern frond to the amazing spiral galaxies.
I was given a lovely piece of Silk Paj, and was inspired by the delicacy of the colour and the fineness of the fabric to build in into a piece to honour all delicate and beautiful blossoms.
If We Didn’t Have Rain..
My current fascination with my work is how amazingly wool interacts with fabrics in the felting process to create interesting texture. I am creating a garden at present in which I plan many fragrant flowers in great profusion. It is a wishing piece.