This is a visually stunning book, but is it worth a purchase?
Who is it aimed at?
Those with an interest in art as well as textiles, who enjoy creating pictures over just simply texture or made products.
We would say that it is for someone who has some knowledge of stitch, in order to be able to use the materials correctly within this book.
About the artist
Mackay has developed a unique style of her own, using her Fine Art skills, merged with her Textile ones, she connects felt and drawing to create painterly pieces, often in landscapes. She now teaches both at home and abroad and has had great recognition for her work.
Mackay has certain favourite areas to use as her inspiration. We can use our own, however hers are just as tempting….
For those who have a basic knowledge of felt making, this knowledge may seem old hat, however its vital for those who are new to felting, so we think it is great that it has been included:
Okay, so we have all heard of wool being used to make felt, however what about something a bit more special? Mackay details other fibres which we can be used or mixed with the wool…think silk and even a bit of glitter!
What makes it special?
There is many a felt making book out there, often too repetitive. This book holds a unique quality, in that it combines a painterly style with the felt texture; creating pieces which actually look like they could be framed just like any old watercolour:
The actual work examples have all been photographed beautifully:
The step by step instructions have been outlined well for us to follow:
What is wrong with the book?
If you are more of a dress maker, then no this may not appeal. However we love the link between Fine Art and Felt, combing techniques which Mackay illustrates beautifully.
Personally, we love this refreshing take on how we can use our own photographs as inspiration, creating unique felt versions. We think its fresh and we are drawn in by Mackay’s passion for her subject. This isn’t an artist simply producing a book for the sake of it, this seems to be her life and love.
Use this link to get your own artsy journey going….
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'