Living so close to Bali I have been there many, many times over the past 40 years (I was very young the first time I went). I fell in love with the Island of the Gods from my very first visit. Beneath it’s obvious tropical beauty lies another layer of joyous harmony in the many and varied festivals celebrated at regular intervals.
One of these festivals is Galungal and is celebrated every 210 days. It gives thanks to God in His manifestation as Hyang Giri Pati (the God of the mountain) for the bounty that the island provides its people. To honour the volcano Mt. Agung elaborate Penjors (see below photo) are erected outside of the gates or doorways to homes, businesses and shops creating an archway of dangling and swaying gifts to the mountain god.
Created from bamboo, palms, fruits and flowers it represents the necessities of life that the fertile soil of Bali provides. I have always wanted a Penjor in my garden but of course bringing one home would be very impractical so I have decided to make one from felt! It seems only natural that it should be officially unveiling at Nancy’s Bali Meditative Adornment Textile Retreat to be held in May 2019.
Follow my progress in creating the Penjor and join us in Bali for its raising, or better yet join us and have a fabulous time! Follow Soosie’s progress on: Website: soosie.com.au
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New Merino Colour Harmonies | 2017
Creating colour is our bliss. We are excited to offer you six new Colour Harmonies (from left to right). Troppo! excites with hot tropical colours. First Light combines eight soft pastel colours inspired by the glow of sunrise in the Kimberley. Tempest blends sultry teals with russets and linen. Regrowth entwines earthy browns and young lively greens. Walkabout is where stormy skies meet dusty earths. Adobe is a selection of terracottas and rich browns. See about photos or click on each name to see individual colours and prices. (Jan 2017)
New Merino Solid Colours | 2017
We have also designed the following Merino Solid Colours to coordinate with our 2017 Colour Harmonies range and to extend our palette of colours on offer.
Soosie is a felt and textile artist from Fremantle, Western Australia. “I love to make felt, it is absolutely my passion, I love that you start with a raw material and actually make the object. Then you get to stitch, bead or paint it!” Soosie has been making felt for about 15 years, her felting path has taken her through clothing, wearable art, hats, bags and even slippers. In recent years she has returned to the 3D form where she has been working on developing complex resists, and laying techniques that further push the structure of felt.
Finding her inspiration in nature, her resulting projects create living environments from felt, like the Felted Cactus Garden, and the Reef Dweller series where Soosie turned her local café into a coral reef with an array of colourful creatures inspired by Treetops wool and silk palettes. Recently science and geometry have been driving the design and development of her sculptures, as evidenced by her pieces in the MACRO|micro Exhibition held in Perth last August (photo entitled T
Soosie loves to teach, both face to face and online, and has launched a YouTube Channel with free tutorials. Her recent series: Shrinkage Rates Vs Percentages, guides felters through the ins and outs of shrinkage in 5 episodes, which in the next few weeks will be followed by Sculpting with Shrinkage, a 14 episode series that in 3 projects will teach you how to shape vessels using shrinkage.
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