Original felt and ceramic art piece
Found broken dinner plate combined with hand wet felted wool felt and hand needle felt design. The piece features a blackbird which is a common wild bird in Ireland. The blackbird has been carefully hand needle felted to the base felt and includes gold hand embroidery stitching on the beak. Three rows of hand stitching in gold thread have been stitched along the right side of the piece. The design on the felt part is not the same as the original plate design, it has been slightly exaggerated to create a new one-off unique art piece. There is no makers back on the reverse of plate. This art piece has been created, designed, and handmade by Alison Hunter.
This wall-mounted art piece is mounted with a D-ring which in turn is secured to the reverse of the felt plate with a hand wood turned disk made by a local woodturner.
The original plate was found in a charity shop. It was chipped and broken on the edges. I like this simple and pretty little plate, the new design is subtle but effective. The blue colours are strong and the blue and white is a popular combination in ceramics. The two different textures makes the piece very inviting.
The concept behind these felt plates is changing the function from broken and damaged plates to wall art pieces preserving old memories while creating new ones.
This is a wholly unique piece. Only one of these has been made.
“Changes” was shown as part of the Cairde Visual Exhibition at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo 2017, and also at the 189th Royal Ulster Academy exhibition at Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2018
– 23cm diameter
– approx 3.5cm deep
– attached to the wall with D-ring hanger
– felt is 100% sheep wool
– most of the wool used is sourced locally
– Designed, created, and handmade in Sligo, Ireland
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