February 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018
A new exhibit, “Needle Felting and More”, by local artists Lyn Mayewski, Emily Blair Stribling and Lindsay Goodale will be on display in the Blue Hill Public Library’s Howard Room glass cases during the months of February and March. The public is invited to an opening reception with the artists on Thursday, February 1st from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
The three friends discovered the fun of needle felting three dimensional forms a year ago and have been at it ever since. Lindsay Goodale has worked in all sorts of fiber art, but this is her first time at needle felting. Lyn Mayewski is an artist who works in silver work, painting and fiber arts. Emily Blair Stribling is a writer who believes felting can in fact be narrative! In addition to the needle felted animals and mushrooms, there will be examples of other ways of felting, including “wet-on-wet” and “nuno felting.”
Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool roving or batting with barbed needles that pull the fibers together to create a firm, textile object. It originated in the 1950’s for industrial purposes. Large plates, filled with barbed needles, were mechanically moved up and down to felt wool for such uses as dampers for instruments and to soften vibrations between car parts. In the 1980’s, artists adapted the technique into a smaller, hand-held form of needle felting.
The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours subject to the Howard Meeting Room schedule. For more information call the library at 374-5515.