Argonaut, not Nautilus

After reading Kim (Flextiles)’s post on felting a Nautilus Shell, see link here, I realised how different the two shells are. Most King Islanders call our shells that wash up every now and then, Nautilus Shells. They are actually Argonaut Shells. The creature that lives and breeds inside them are strange-looking squid like mini monsters that form the shell from secretions to protect the babies. Truly amazing and paper thin. To find an undamaged one on the beach is difficult because they are so fragile.

Felt seemed like the perfect medium to sculpt an Argonaut.

Argonaut not Nautilus

Side by side - The real and the felted version

Surface Texture Challenge – I do like to live beside the seaside!

I am in a bit of a slump artistically but enjoyed playing with some textural felting a while back. The sea is a reoccurring  theme with the first vessel falling into the category of the latest FeltandFibreStudio‘s Surface Texture Challenge, although it was made before that. Here is a link Challenges.

It started as a beret then turned into a sea urchin with ocean grunge attached. The ‘grunge’ is antique lace and silk pieces partially felted into the alpaca fleece.  It stands about 11″.

Next one is in similar fleece and was modelled on those weird-looking tubular corals, with growths and torn flaps.

This one is a total change of pace and is a mermaid asleep on a sea urchin.  Her tail is made up of dozens of tiny shells and the flipper is strips of torn silk with beads. I used 18 micron merino wool and silk rovings.

Now I just have to figure out how to post my challenge pics to Flickr.  This technology stuff is FUN!!! Takes my mind off Federa beating Tomic in the Australian Open Tennis.  Keep an eye on that youngster though. He is going places.