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« on: December 06, 2009 10:01:58 AM »


This semester I took a class called, "Flexible Structures". The bulk of it was about wet felting and some needle felting. Our first project was to create a 4'x5' wet felted panel for a yurt the class builds. I have no pictures of the yurt, but my felted piece was a huge flop  Undecided

This is my final piece for the class - a pair of felted lungs! I have been following the story of Eva Markvoort, a 25 year old Canadian girl with Cystic Fibrosis, for several years now. Two years ago she received a double lung transplant, and is currently going through chronic rejection. She needs another double lung transplant ASAP! Her story has gotten me thinking a lot about organ donation.

I'm not sure entirely how to present this yet, even though its due tomorrow  Embarrassed The assignment calls for a figurative piece, so maybe I will sew it onto some clothes or a jacket or something.

Lungs: Merino Wool, Glass Beads, Cotton fabric. Needle Felted, wet felted, and then needle felted again!

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009 12:18:17 PM »

I love the lungs.  If you were to sew them onto a sweater that when buttoned, or zipped, the lungs were in placement with the 'real' lungs, that would be cool. 

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009 08:36:40 PM »

I actually like the first one- it's a great textural piece. I'd love to embroider something on it as a wall hanging. Or cut it into strips and weave it into a funky art piece. If you decided to get rid of it, you can throw it my way!!! Wink The lungs are great too. What did you end up doing with them?

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2009 09:55:44 PM »

Gorgeous.  Love the first piece as well as the lungs.  post when you decide what to do with them!  I like the hoodie idea, but I think they'd make a kick-ass wall-hanging.  Of course I may be biased since I work with a bunch of pulmonologists :-)
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009 04:13:48 PM »

I love the first piece!  I wouldn't say its a flop at all!
The lungs are great!  what ever you do with them, I'm sure it'll be great!

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2009 09:29:03 PM »

I forgot I posted here, haha.

I ended up sewing the lungs onto a scarf for class. It was a last minute thing. Someone suggested felting parts to wrap around you, but I like it much more as a wall-hanging kind of thing (It was a 3D class though).

The first one is beautiful in a strange way. I haven't thought of embroidering it, maybe it will be my long term project. I'm not sure about cutting it up since a lot of it isn't felted very well. Right now it's on our couch and it looks very nice.
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