Let me start by saying that if you have any interest in felting, fibers, Textile collage or texture and you get the opportunity to take a workshop with Margo Duke JUMP AT THE CHANCE!!!! She has earned her Title of Her Majesty!! Her work is stunning and innovative and luxurious and she loves to share all of her tips and tricks as she is secure in the Knowledge that no one can collage fibers and fabrics exactly like another person. She is a total delight. Ruffles and Flounces was my fourth workshop with Margo and this class was held at the fabulous space and shop for Altered art and Fabulous batik fabric, Artistic Artifacts.
Whenever we gather with Margo, she brings out her glorious samples and inevitably we all get caught up in asking how and what and exclaiming and drooling over each piece. This little tease of a trunk show is well worth the cost of the workshop, but wait there is more!!! Then we see garments and my friend Chris is asked to model the garments so we can see the fit of each!! Then the pieces are passed around and finally they are counted to make sure they have not sprouted little furry feet. ( just kidding about the last bit)
The Texture is totally breathtaking!! The little red berry like bits are called wool nepps. They are a bi- product of not good shearing. The bits from bad shearing practice are called second cuts, by spinners. This happens when the shearer does not get as close to the skin and therefore the longest fiber form the animal and has to return to make a Second Cut to even out the sheep's wool appearance. this second cut ends up as lost part of the best part of the fleece, at least it was till some bright person figured out how to make these Nepps. They can be dyed any color and they give wonderful texture , as you can see!
Margo explained how she makes her collaged felt two sided so the garments can have interest on the inside as well as the outside. FABULOUS!!
The next garment was a wonderful soft colored jacket.
( Click on any of these pictures to see enlargements and more detail)
ight blue areas in this picture show the pleating that I accomplished by hand pleating the fabric when wet and then covering with a very wispy bit of wool roving before the rolling process.
Here you can also see a good view of the ruffled silk from the pink skirt.
Here is a shot of the almost finished collage piece. Just below the green pre-flet area you can see a piece of bright blue silk with a beaded motif on it. This bit was cut from a silk beaded blouse, again from a thrift store.
Here you can see the back of half of the piece, the half with the green silk gauze. You can see how the green pre-felt fibers have penetrated the silk gauze.
As you can probably tell I am more than a bit excited about the possibilities for all of these wonderful
techniques!! You will definitely be seeing more of this type of work here very very soon!!
So if you ever see classes, workshops or lectures offered by Her Majesty Margo Duke, DO NOT HESITATE TO SIGN UP AND DIVE IN!!!