‘Spiky wild and yellow-gold’ This is a fine art card of an original felting inspired by the ever-flowering gorse that grows in abundance around Cornwall. This particular gorse is from Morvah, West Cornwall. The felting was also inspired by the poem ‘Cornish Cliffs’ by John Betjeman.
On the back of the card is printed:
‘Nut-smell of gorse and honey-smell of ling
Waft out to sea the freshness of the spring
On sunny shallows, green and whispering.’ (see below for full poem)
The card measures 15 x15cms and is printed on 100% recycled Cocoon 350g (in cellophane with envelope).
The original was created firstly with wet-felted base layers and then further layers of needle-felting and fibres were added for depth and texture. Finally, I embellished with stitching and also gorse petals and plant material from the gorse bush.
It’s so wonderful that the giclée process retains excellent details of the original. Many customers in the galleries where I sell my work have commented that the prints look 3D and very touchable, as though you could feel the fibres and even smell the coconut gorse bush 🙂
**Gift wrapping service also available on request for a small extra fee **
Excellent quality giclee prints also available of this piece.
*Created in a smoke-free home.
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Giclée printing is a process that uses fade-resistant, archival inks and archival substrates to print on large format printers. Giclée printing is often used by artists to make reproductions of their original artwork for resale, while preserving the original.
Cornish Cliffs by John Betjeman
Those moments, tasted once and never done,
Of long surf breaking in the mid-day sun.
A far-off blow-hole booming like a gun-
The seagulls plane and circle out of sight
Below this thirsty, thrift-encrusted height,
The veined sea-campion buds burst into white
And gorse turns tawny orange, seen beside
Pale drifts of primroses cascading wide
To where the slate falls sheer into the tide.
More than in gardened Surrey, nature spills
A wealth of heather, kidney-vetch and squills
Over these long-defended Cornish hills.
A gun-emplacement of the latest war
Looks older than the hill fort built before
Saxon or Norman headed for the shore.
And in the shadowless, unclouded glare
Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where
A misty sea-line meets the wash of air.
Nut-smell of gorse and honey-smell of ling
Waft out to sea the freshness of the spring
On sunny shallows, green and whispering.
The wideness which the lark-song gives the sky
Shrinks at the clang of sea-birds sailing by
Whose notes are tuned to days when seas are high.
From today’s calm, the lane’s enclosing green
Leads inland to a usual Cornish scene-
Slate cottages with sycamore between,
Small fields and tellymasts and wires and poles
With, as the everlasting ocean rolls,
Two chapels built for half a hundred souls.
Living on the wild and beautiful peninsula of West Penwith in Cornwall, UK, surrounded by the sea, I am constantly inspired by the seasons, the weather, the land and seascapes…tiny details of colour, shadows and patterns in rocks, plants, clouds and the many birds and wildlife. I am also fascinated by the energy of the landscape and its effect on the senses.
I’ve been teaching English Literature for 14 years but have recently hoped very much to dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I love to combine poetry with my work and am often inspired by lines in poetry and novels and the ‘colour’ of words as well as the rhythms, resonance and shapes of certain words together. I also like to ‘paint’ conversations and their movement and energies.
I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching and love the way they grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents and the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration.
I am learning about ethical fleeces, different fibres and textures and their effects and also combining unusual embellishments, as well as beads, sequins, wire and stitching. In looking forward to further exploration and new paths, my dream would be to develop my work into a full-time business. I have gained so much confidence with three local exhibitions, and with selling original work, cards and prints on a regular basis.
My work can currently be seen at Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery, near Zennor, Cornwall, The Blue Bramble Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall and Strandline Gallery, Marazion, Cornwall.
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