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  TEA FOR TUTU, A FIBER ART TEAPOT


Tea for Tutu, A Fiber Art Teapot.
  • This is a fiber teapot made from a new commercially-available felt-like fabric, called Thermoformable Felt, made by the Italian company, DHG (Dyeing House Gallery). I had been sought out to experiment with the fabric. Regrettably, I cannot recommend this product in its current formulation because it does not harden sufficiently to maintain its integrity for practical use for creating three-dimensional fiber art works. This problem persists regardless of the array of measures I used, including ironing, oven baking and steaming, plus combinations of all three methods, despite the manufacturer's stated promises.
  • The one attribute that made the new material attractive (and potentially exciting), however, is that it comes in a variety of luscious colors, a distinct advantage over FossShape, which is available only in black and white thus far.
  • I eventually hardened the new material (moderately) by using a fabric stiffener, while simultaneously ensuring it will maintain its shape more permanently by stuffing the main teapot cavity with soft cotton, a less than perfect solution. I also used wire to form armatures in the handle and the spout. I do not plan to use the material again unless it can be modified so it hardens readily, easily and well.
  • The teapot is made by assembling pieces of the new material cut to predesigned shapes. I use the triaxial tumbling blocks weaving pattern. The overall design is original. The component panels are sewn and glued together. Fabric stiffener is used to make the teapot stand upright and relatively stiff. As mentioned above, I used wire to stabilize the handle and the spout.
  • Ostrich feathers adorn areas of the work along with glass crystal beads glued in place.
  • Date: 2019.
  • Size: 17.0” x 15.5” x 6.0”.
  • Price: $900.
 

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ENLARGED VIEW

 

Tea for Tutu enlargement.

 

 

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

Tea for Tutu, A Fiber Art Teapot in the course of its construction.

 

  • The various component parts of teapot are cut to predesigned shapes and assembled. Triaxial tumbling blocks weaving technique is used to form the block pattern. The overall teapot design is original.

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Tea for Tutu image in 3/4 view.

    

  • The panels are sewn and glued together. Fabric stiffener is used to make the teapot stand upright and retain its form. Wire stabilizes the handle and the spout.
  • This 3/4 view shows part of the series of glass crystals glued onto the lateral margins of the teapot.

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Tea for Tutu image in 3/4 view, showing glass crystals glued in place in the side strip.

 

  • Ostrich feathers are glued in place to form faux hair and tutu to complete the art work.

 

 

 


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