Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Inspiration from Nature

I am blessed to live in a beautiful area of Central NY State that soothes in the summer, wakes you in the spring, alerts all your senses in the fall and reminds you that Mother Nature is certainly in charge during the winter. I am located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and every day is a celebration.

Every day that I look out the window or drive to work, I find myself scoping out the view and thinking how could I capture that in my work?

One of my favorite pieces reminds me of summer and those long dreamy days, when the sun warms you while laying in the grass watching the clouds roll by. How can life get any better than that?

This bowl is made with both wet felting (fulling) and needlefelting techniques. I have tried to capture the carefree days of summer.

I am also inspired by flowers. Although I do not have the greenest thumb on the block, I do love flowers. In fact, I love them so much that I don't even try to grow that many as it really comes down to how long can they last before I kill them. I just can't be that cruel. But, I love to add them to my designs.

Both these pots are made with wet felting (fulled) techniques.

And then there are the trees. I look out my window each morning and I look at the grandfather of all grandfathers of maple trees. The base is at least 8 feet across at the base. Although he is going bald and loosing many of his limbs, I love that old tree. It will be a sad day when we need to cut him down, but he has had a majestic life.

This bowl was a custom order in which I tried to capture the great sequoia trees. They are truely amazing!

Birds are also one of my favorites. This little bluebird pin is so dainty and sweet.

When ever I am creating a new treasure that includes nature it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I sometimes get lost in my thoughts and don't come up for air until they are complete, all the while traveling to another place and time.
I can only hope that I will continue to represent nature at it's best and continue to improve as I produce more and more treasures.

What inspires you?


New England Quilter said...

Your nature inspired creations are beautiful -as is all of your work!

Leah said...

You do such nice work! I like the combination of needlefelting and fulling.

Winklepots said...

I love that first felted bowl. You're so talented. Great items! :o)

Unknown said...

Your items are beautiful! And I love that fact that you let nature inspire you. Keep hooking!!!

Nora said...

Hey Val, Great Job!!! I wish I could write like that.

Orgo Cosmetics said...

Those are adorable :) Love your blog!

Rosebud Collection said...

Your work is beautiful and I can see how much you love nature..I am not a gardener the flowers, but for some reason the weeds take over..

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Wonderful work.

ppdesigns said...

you have some wonderful felted goodies! i love the tree one - its very cheerful!