Monday, November 3, 2008

Nuno Felt Scarves and Scarflettes - Come See Today's Featured Artist!

It is simply sublime to have such a vast creative community to reach out to at Etsy. When I visited the forums to find felt makers and specifically nuno felt, I was received by a lovely group of artists. It's truly my pleasure to bring you their work and, in doing so, celebrate the wonder of handmade!

Today our featured artist is Carmen Halverson of Fullenstar Studio. Her store offers an impressive variety of colors, shapes and styles and I'm excited to get to show you some different designs made from nuno felt. During our chat Carmen shared, "For me nuno felting is all about controlled chaos... I know what fibers and colors I am using, but in the end they all take on a life of their own. It is so hard to make a "mistake" they are all just happy accidents!"

I have to say that when I view Carmen's work, I see more expertise than chance, but being open to serendipity is the sign of a great talent. This first beautiful scarf on the right is called
"Emerald Horizon". "Soft green, burgundy, and pumpkin merino wool fibers were hand felted on a base of beautiful hand dyed burgundy silk chiffon. Scarves made in this way are very easy to wear and they drape beautifully." It measures 64" long and 8" wide.

Now I have more scarves to come, but I want you to see how versatile nuno felt can be. I Love this Red Landscape Scarflette. The blending of colors is so subtle and it looks so soft. "Variegated red(with hints of yellow, burgundy, and black) merino wool roving was hand felted on a base of beautiful burgundy colored silk chiffon. Natural fibers like silk and wool keep you cozy warm without feeling overheated."

When you buy nuno felt, whether it's a scarf or a shawl, you are acquiring a work of art. Every piece is unique and brimming with it's own personality and what could be better than wearable art?

Carmen's studio also offers petite scarves. "I wanted to create a new size for those looking for something between a scarflette and a full sized scarf." I think this is a wonderful addition and an amazing way to dress up an outfit. I've said it before, but one of the nicest things about nuno felt is it's light and airy nature. It can become a part of your year round wardrobe.

Now I know you'll want to give these a closer look, sor from left to right, you have
Sage and Burgundy, Midnight Rose and Autumn Blaze.

I hate to say it, but my time is running short. I'm going to leave you with a few more scarves before I go. I hope that you are enjoying our exploration of all things nuno. Thank you so much Carmen for allowing us into your studio for the day!

Soft Serenity was created by nuno felting. Soft blue, tan, and brown merino wool roving were hand felted on a base of beautiful hand dyed caramel colored silk gauze."

"The scarf pictured measures 58" long and 8" wide."

"These scarves are show stoppers and conversation starters..."

Sunset Silk and Merino Wool Scarf reminds me of my desert home These are the colors I see when I look out of my window here in Arizona! Do you think Carmen planned it that way?

"This scarf looks very delicate but it is made for everyday use, the more you wear and wash it the more beautiful and soft the felt will become."

I could go on and on, but this is our last piece today. This one is sweetly named "
Blushing Valentine". "Soft red, brown, and peachy merino wool fibers were hand felted on a base of beautiful hand dyed light red silk chiffon."

Thank you so much for joining me today and don't forget to visit
Fullenstar Studio. See you tomorrow!


eneeFabricDesign said...

Love this feature and you are wonderful to spread the word about this incredible new fiberart that must be seen in person to be completely appreciated. Thank you for such great presentations! I have been nuno felting for 5 years fulltime, and it is years of experience that open the true possibities - the more you know means the more you have to learn!

Jenn said...

Thank you so much eneefabricdesign!

amysfunkyfibers said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!
I love being inspired by Carmen's lovely nuno -felts they are so colorful.

Shalana Frisby said...

She uses gorgeous colors! I think that some of that wool must have come from copperpot on Etsy. It looks like copperpot's custom blend roving, and it certainly makes beautiful nuno felts. The new petite collection is similar to my "Lavish" collection of nuno felted scarves, they both have a nice ruffle edge which is so elegant - I guess that great (felting) minds must think alike :) Happy felting!

Windrose, you've done a great job with your series on nuno felting! I look forward to reading more. Your blog, in general, is just a really great read :O)

fullenstar said...

Jenn this is so great! You have a real eye for putting collections together!
Shalana is right... Copperpot is one of my very favorite fiber suppliers! She makes fabulous, truly vibrant custom fiber blends=)