Out of this World Inspiration

Credit:   NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Felting is an organic medium that brings me closer to nature.  The feel of the wool in my hands, the smell of wet wool as I work the piece, and the experience of the fibers shrinking and firming up into a cohesive cloth all evoke the natural environment.  My experience of nature has always informed and inspired my work, whether it's being surrounded by the fiery colors of turning leaves on a late October stroll or gazing out the window at bare branches on a grey January afternoon.


The inspiration for my latest scarf is no less "natural," but far more remote.  I am fascinated by images of deep space as seen through the Hubble telescope.  There is an endless universe of magical shapes and fantastic colors hidden in the blackness of outer space.  This first scarf in my "Nebula" series was inspired by this image of the Monkey Head nebula (also referred to as NGC 2174).


I could make 100 different scarves based on this one image (maybe I will).  But there are so many beautiful images available, this source is as vast as space itself.


The finished piece seeks to convey the colors, light, and ethereal nature of the nebula.  You can find the Stella NGC 2174 Wrap for sale in the shop.


What inspires you?