Monday, April 13, 2009

Submarine sitting

When I was given the opportunity by my dear friend Ali to create felted wool beanbags for her PHD end presentation i was delighted ,not knowing what would be a had of me creating three large Beanbags for the sound installation room.

The presentation was to be in may so i had about three months to do my part and i needed all that time,I was new to felting ,just learning when I took on this big job.
I got a bit injured because of the circular movements I had to make with my hands,after the project i found out there were tools available to make the process of making felt go quicker.

There were pieces of felt everywhere ...so I had rest underneath.

before I started to sew the pieces together.

The making flourished.
a look into the white room.

listening to sounds coming from the parabolic speakers,the whole purpose for the position of the beanbags was so people could listen to underwater sounds coming from the speakers in a relaxed mode.

.my friends exhibition was called :in another light and the theme taken was the movement of kelp or for me: underwater tree's. As kids do playing with the beanbags was fun.In between I did manage to make us costumes to look the part,I am wearing a creation inspired by seaweed,my dear friend Ali is wearing a creation inspired by jelly fish.To have been able to work on something so big has been such a privilege for me ,we had a lot of fun too My doctor friend Ali is very dear to me ...i do not know if I ever will make a beanbag again but never say never,in the meantime Dingo has taken over the beanbag as being his favorite sleeping place (of course).I also could not have done this project without the moral support from my lovely sister.

19 comments:

Sarah Lulu said...

Amazing ...loved the whole story and your felt bags.

TattingChic said...

Oh, I get it "submarine...sitting" I thought you were sitting for someone who had left submarine to go on vacation on land, LOL! Kind of like a house-sitting stint! LOL~Just Kidding, of course!

That is a cool story and the felted bean bags look way cool with your artistic flair! :)

Draffin Bears said...

What a lovely story of making the felted bean bags. They are wonderful and it must have been a neat feeling seeing them finished.
Well done. They look so comfortable and I am not surprised that Dingo had made himself at home on the bean bag.

Hugs
Carolyn

Mona said...

*Hello Sarah lulu..very nice to see you here again it was a great project to look back on.

*Tatting chic i have to start thinking how to make you laugh,you cheeky!

*Hi Carolyn have you recovered a bit from the Easter feast?..Dingo does like to take what ever he wants!
Seeing the whole project finished and set up in the exhibition space was a very proud moment!

Delwyn said...

You are a lady of wonders and surprises. What an undertaking.
Was the felt hard to work with?
Could you use a regular sewing machine?

I love the kelpy patterns.
Clever girl...

and a lovely acknowledgment of your sister's contribution too.

Delwyn said...

P.S. That cat is so lucky...

Mona said...

Hello Delwyn!!

well making felt in itself is or can be (depending on the thickness of felt you desire) a long process.
The large beanbag was 220/90/200,many meters of felt so this was a project far too large for one person but i did it!
The beanbag had to be strong because of people sitting/laying/playing on it so I had to make it it 4 thick layers,when thinking of it now I do not know how I managed to make three!

Aleksandra said...

Ha die kunstenaresa,dit is echt,echt,echt ongeloofelijk!Wat een werk meid,en wat voor resultaat,top of de tops!Super!LOVE IT!Dank voor je lieve email,ben gaan huilen als een baby.Ik schrijv je later,groets aan je zusje en maak ze maar gek met je kunst.Verdien je ook wat of valt mee?Looking great girl,love Sandra

csipkelelkű said...

That's just amazing! Wow. Your art always makes me enchanted.
But I have bad news. She liked it... I mean my sister-in-law and the tatted Easter egg... :)
We had beautiful, sunny Easter, I hope you too.

June Saville said...

At least you had somewhere to lie your exhausted head Mona.
Felt work is a delight, but time consuming ...

June Saville said...

At least you had somewhere to lie your exhausted head Mona.
Felt work is a delight, but time consuming ...

June Saville said...

At least you had somewhere to lie your exhausted head Mona.
Felt work is a delight, but time consuming ...

June Saville said...

At least you had somewhere to lie your exhausted head Mona.
Felt work is a delight, but time consuming ...

Mona said...

hee Aleksandra !..thanks for your lovely comment story,you are amazing having the skills to write in three different languages!

kusie!

Mona said...

hello Moni

Nice to see you here again!...bummer your sister in law likes the tatted egg!..My tatting is a bit on the site at the moment as I have taken up a bit of painting again,I do carry a project with me where ever I go "just in case"

Have a nice day!

Mona said...

Hello June..yeah and I needed that too! lots of fun tho.

Aleksandra said...

Monatje ik heb weer een kado,award for je!Heb 't ook gekregen dus will ik het met mn sister delen,Passion for painting award is het.Kijk wat je er mee doet zo als je zelf al zei,we hoeven niets te bewijzen,love,miauw and hugz from me,Sandra

Annie said...

Wat een mooi project, Mona en Ali. Proficiat met het resultaat!! Groetjes.

Mona said...

Hello Annie thank you ,I would love to have projects like that every year!.

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