Evening all! How is your Sunday going? We have had a lovely walk (overcast, but no rain), and are now waiting for some guests to arrive. I made this little sleepy mouse today: he’s in his pyjamas, has a teddy, a candle and a night cap too. All 100% wool (needle felted).
Today, I am going to have a look at the creative talent that is Deidre Dreams
I love Facebook and twitter because you never know where peoples shares might lead you. One of these paths led me to another realm: that of Deidre Dreams.
The owner (Deidre?) lives in a small town in the south of the Netherlands “in between rolling hills and meadows, where the wind always blows in new energy.”
Inspired by folklore, myths and legends Deidre Dreams creations are incredibly detailed works of art. She primarily uses Polymer clay to create incredibly detailed pendants, brooches and other jewellery, but she is also accomplished in the art of crocheting (something she learnt at an early age from her Grandmother and Mother). Combining the two allows her to create some really interesting, and original pieces:
Perhaps the success of Deidre Dreams is the witches, mermaids and other mythical creatures, featured on her jewellery are not generic: each one has a character and a story behind them: “All the characters that I make (the witches, the mermaids, the fairies, etc), they are not pulled from any official mythology source. They are my stories. The characters, the designs, their stories: they are my creations. I am inspired by paganism, Wicca, fantasy, fairy tales, folk tales, legends, and lots of other sources (as many artists are 🙂 ) but the characters I make are all a concoction of my own Deidre Dreams world.”
The characters shine through her work, and maybe it is this that draws people to them. In fact Deidre Dreams has facebook fans (amongst over 17,000 of them) who contact her and tell her how much her work inspires them to create themselves (whether that be in writing, drawing or sculpting): “I am deeply honoured to get so many messages of people telling me my work inspires them. I love that SO much! I love to hear that my work sparks something in someone that stirs passion and energy! I also would like to say that I hope anyone who feels this way, will be respectful towards that inspiration and find their own way with it and welcome their own designs and characters.”
Why Deidre Dreams’ Facebook page is so popular is not a mystery: not only does she create unique, beautiful work, but she also interacts brilliantly with her fans, and followers. She is generous with sharing other people’s work too, which is great because she helps me travel to other peoples creative worlds too.
Disclaimer: this review was not asked for, nor paid for in any way. I wrote it because I love Deidre Dreams’ work and her facebook page
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Today, the Felt.Buzz Spotlight is on Kume Bryant, and artist and photographer
Working as a freelance graphic designer until 2013, she had always enjoyed painting, but (like a lot of us) lacked the confidence to take it seriously. It was her husband who forced her hand (in a gentle way):
“I have the most supportive husband in this world. His idea, what seemed small at the time, but his way of nudging me which encouraged me to paint today. He brought home a photo of a coworker going camping on a horse, and asked me to paint that for him just for fun without pressure. The painting turned out well. I had much fun doing and made me wanting to do more. I bought me a book on painting and learned some techniques…that was in 2006. I started selling online ever since to buyers all over the world.”
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Today’s Felt.Buzz Spotlight is on the Enchanted Art of Helen Winder.
Helen and I know each other outside of the virtual world; we were neighbours when growing up, she lived about 50 metres from me, although we haven’t seen each other in over 25 years, we met up in Facebook land a couple of years ago.
Helen is a successful business woman, she runs Transire, which enables the positive transformation of the business world through professional outsourcing solutions, business consultancy and mentoring, working with individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate organisations. She is also Transformational Business Mentor, drawing on her skills and experience both in the buisness world, and her personal life.
Helen is the kind of person who always seems to be on the go. Her idea of a rest is not to sit down and have a doze, but to get up and do something else.
In contrast with her busy life, Helen’s art seems to ooze relaxation and calm: “I started sketching by way of relaxation. I am not one to stop and do nothing so I thought I would use my sketches as a way of de-stressing. I created my etsy shop as I wanted to share my creations with others. I put a lot of emotional effort in to each sketch and felt that others would benefit from them.”
She has just completed a new range of sketches which should be available for sale from the beginning of August 2014
Each purchase will help Helen raise funds for The Stroke Association and Different Strokes
Disclaimer: This review has not been asked for or paid for in any way. I wrote it because I like Helen’s work, and her interactions in social media.
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For those of you who have not yet seen my film, for the feltbuzz.com website, on Facebook, here it is:
I will post a “how I did it” blog in the next couple of days.
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I haven’t posted anything for a while, because I have been trying to complete a stop frame (or stop motion) animation film for my new website (feltbuzz.com: at the moment, the website is not up and running so this link will just take you back to this blog – I want to get the graphics done before launching the site). The most tedious bit is editing the photos before putting them together (so far I think I have spent about 6 hours doing this).
Anyway, I hope to finish tomorrow, so should have a rough film and a .gif to show you in the next few days (together with a ‘how I did it’ blog post). Here is one of the photos I have used in the film.