Yabby project 1

Can't believe it's been so long since I've posted anything. This doesn't mean I haven't thought of anything to post, rather I've been flat out with a tonsil removal and family stuff so making online with enough spare time to post anything has been a bit of a stretch. i'm only able to write now by taking out of my sleep time :(

I read the TAFTA newsletter the other day which mentioned the Expressions Art Quilt Prize. This jumped at me because it is not only about art quilts, but it is from the National Wool Museum in Geelong, where I have spent quite a bit of time. Definately gives another reason to visit when it's on even if I don't get anywhere with this quilt.

Since the comp is being sponsored by the Wool Museum, the quilt needs to be predominately made of wool. I suppose I've never really considered making a quilt totally out of wool before. I do some felting and love the results I've had so far, and I know all about Appletons and wool threads, but the concept of using a material that is so variable is quite foreign. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice for a quilt as it can tend to be quite floppy, while in general cotton can be a bit firmer and give a crisper result. I don't think this is really a probelm with this quilt. I really need to find a design which complements the fabric rather than fighting against it.

A few things popped right out at me, and I'm not sure why exactly but the strongest one and one which I can't seem to get away from is that of a Yabby. Here is the sketch I did:

I really don't know where it has come from  but it was such a strong image I seemed powerless to resist. I love how he pops out of the frame and seems to be neither menacing nor friendly, just curious.
The claws/arms will be felted (I think) with lots of blue and orange. I have a great picture of a splash which I'm thinking of using for the top of the frame - very movement focused. It (obviously) needs a lot of work, but I think the next step involves more research into the fabric options available and finding a suitable range.
I told mum about it and she is very keen to help. it's good for me because i like to have an objective sounding board, but I'm not sure how much of the work i would trust her with. i just feel like i have such a strong image i'm not sure how i feel yet about sharing my baby (sorry mum). Not that anyone seems to read this anyway.
On that note please comment if you are actually reading this - I seriously think no one at all has ever read this blog. It's a self-esteem thing.