I found Gretchen on ESTY and think her crafts are wonderful. I love her bowls and thought I would share a little about her and her art. I suggest all of you go take a look at her ESTY shop and judge for yourselves. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=589356
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Gretchen Foster and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I have a BA in Fine Art but have always leaned more toward functional craft. In college my dual focus was ceramics and paper arts. I am currently a stay at home mom and don’t have the time or the space for either of those arts so I started looking around for something that I could do with my hands that was a little more flexible with my lifestyle.
2. How did you get into needle felting?
I have been knitting for about 6 years but wanted a different way to embellish my knit and felted bags and bowls. I happened upon needle felting and loved the look of it. I also do alot of pen and ink drawing and thought this was a great way to transfer my drawing to my knitting craft. I am definitely creating knit and felted pieces based on the needle felting instead of the other way around.
Are you self taught or did you take classes?
3. Do you both wet and needle felt?
Just needle felt at present.
4. Which of your items do you think is your finest work so far? This is mostly about my bowls but at present I am really proud of my Blue Heron bag.
5. Can you give of an example of how you felt a project?
I like to use spun yarn or roving but usually to manipulate it into a line usually using a 38 triangle point needle. I am a big fan of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride bulky because of their vibrant colors and shine.
6. Where do you get your finest ideas from?
Nature, my garden is in full bloom right now. I also love wild birds so you will see a lot of them in my work. The key bowls were inspired by my husband who often seems to be a great source of ideas.
7. Which one of you felted projects would you like to show on http://felting.craftgossip.com/
If you see one that you really like, I am open to whatever. My two favorites that are up right now though are the Pansy bowl or the Key/keyhole bowl.
8. What books, magazines, TV shows and web site would you recommend to someone that would like to get into felting?
I am primarily a knitter so the books etc. I would recommend are of that school.
By Linda Lanese