Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Sandi Luck is an Ontario artist, who’s piece, Drifting was featured in felt :: feutre canada‘s 2016 Migration exhibition. She works primarily with natural fibres which are altered with paint, dye, silk screen, needle felt, wet felt or digital print. She works intuitively to create simple shapes which are re-configured and appliqued into a collage, embellished with beads, buttons and found objects, and may be hand or machine stitched and slashed or burned.
Recently Sandi agreed to take part in our felt :: feutre canada Q&A. Here is what she had to say about her creative process. We hope you will enjoy learning about this talented artist as much as we did.
How did you discover felt making? Was it love at first sight? I avoided felt for many years as I had the typical image of a thick stiff fabric that was mainly suitable for kids crafts. I purchased a needle embellishing machine that I used to deconstruct fabric for collage and decided I should try using it to felt wool fibres. Then I experimented with small wet felted flowers and moved on to larger pieces. Did the Google thing and discovered nuno felt which I absolutely love.
Music or no music while you work ? If so what kind. 50’s and 60’s rock and roll helps to pass the time while I’m rolling.
Where do you find inspiration? Books and Magazines, websites, Pinterest. There are so many fabulous felters out there. When I see a piece I like I check out other work by that particular artist and try to puzzle out their technique.
Do you teach? If so what do you enjoy about that?
Yes, I do teach. I like how excited the beginners get when they see the transformation of the felt.
Do you have your early work? I have a small bowl and some samples from the first felt workshop I attended…I think its good to keep early pieces and samples from workshops to see how I have progressed.
What is your philosophy about creating?
I don’t really have a philosophy, I just know that I get cranky if I go for an extended period without doing something creative.
What is the best workshop you’ve ever taken?
I can’t really specify just one. I always learn so much, not always what I expect and not just from the instructor. One of the best things is meeting the other participants and the exchange of information from them. And I like to travel, so I look for workshops that are in interesting places around the world.
Describe the space you create in… I am fortunate to live on a lake in the midst of a forest and my studio space has large windows overlooking the water. A lovely calming view, very different from inside the studio itself which is a jumble of fabric, fibre, baskets of yarn and containers of beads, buttons and thread. There is a loom and two sewing machines in there as well as felting tables, so it can be crowded if I’m working on something large. I have a bad habit of pulling out multiple materials and spreading them around me as I work and they never seem to get cleaned up and put back where they belong.
What are you working on now?
I’m experimenting with sculptural neck pieces with a lot of texture. I’d like to try incorporating hand painted silk and paper using some of the things I learned at Fiona’s (Fiona Duthie) workshop during the 2016 symposium.
Your favourite fibre?
I like to nuno felt, so my preference is fine merino with the addition of shiny silk fibres and interesting silk fabric… and lumpy bumpy hand spun yarns. Anything in jewel tones of teal or fuschia.
What would you say to fibre artists just starting out?
Practice, practice, practice, experiment and take as many workshops with a variety of instructors as you can. I should say keep notes but personally I’m really bad at doing that.
Are you a perfectionist?
To a certain extent. I’m not good at detailed planning and don’t often do samples. I start with a basic plan and spontaneously adjust the colour and layout. Then I let the felt do what it wants to, and come up with the final shape of the piece. But if the final outcome is not up to my expectations I may start over, or cut it up and sew it together to create a new piece. And I often pick out and re do embroidery and beading.
Your favourite tool?
That would have to be my hands…I really like to be able to feel the transformation of the fibre into a finished fabric
To learn more about Sandi’s beautiful work visit: http://www.sandiluck.com