The dissertation is underway but I do feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I've started gathering/finding books, contacted a few felt artists of my acquaintance and discovered some new ones (have a look at the work of Yuli Somme- really different). The IFA have already been a tremendous help - I think joining them is one of the best decisions I have made in recent years and I am on the look out for any museums/collections that hols felt (other than British Museum, V&A, Horniman and SOAS) and artsists based around London that I can visit.
I have to write a dissertation proposal and find 'the question' to be answered/discussed but my problem at the moment is finding one from the loads that have been thrown up by my initial research.
I managed to visit the Designer Craftsmen exhibit in the Mall and the GSK one at the RA last Saturday. London was lovely- cold with a dusting of snow and quieter than usual. Both exhibitions were wonderful in different ways. The quality and diversity of the work at the DC is always inspiring and I really wished my birthday was based this time of year when I go as there were several items I would have loved if finances permitted. The GSK exhibition was extremely thought provoking and I particularly loved Gormley's Amazonian Field, Acroyd and Harvey's pieces,Mariele Nuedecker's '400 thousand generations and Tracey Emin's 'I loved you like the sky (yes I know - I loved an Emin piece!!!). There were lots of other things there that moved me and the photography was outstanding. Its given me loads of inspiration for my own work. Even my Art phobic husband enjoyed it- saying it was surprisingly interesting- do you think I may even have converted him slightly?
Finally to relieve the stress of the dissertation, approaching Material Girls exhibition and the fact that Kirsty has started her nursing interviews I spent an hour yesterday making Felt stones- so relaxing. All I need to do now is decide what to do with them.