Big Ski Chair Affair

We have been working on our chair over the last several weeks. Today we met to finish the primer coat of paint and to work out a schedule on what’s to be done next.

Here’s the chair with its primer coat. We have ordered foam for the cushions but it hasn’t arrived yet. We are still have to paint the chair, make cushions with eco printed felt, make more leaves and then attach¬†the leaves. We are also going to make a felt rock to go under the bench which hasn’t been started yet. So still quite a bit to do yet.

But look how wonderful the eco printed felt looks on the bench! Plus Paula made some great pillows. And if you look at the right side of the photo, Louise is holding up some leaves that will be meandering up that side with various vines wrapped around the chair. So we’re well on our way. It’s an interesting process figuring out how we’re going to deal with different issues that arise on the structure of the chair. We’re having fun!

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Big Ski Chair Affair

We started working on our ski lift chair for The Big Ski Chair Affair. We have a lovely studio space to use thanks to the Glacier Restaurant Group. Four of the chairs are in the bottom part of their building where we can work on them.

We cleaned the chair and then stripped all the old foam that was pretty worn out and dirty off the chair. You can see two other chairs behind ours. The middle bar in the chair is going to be removed all together so we didn’t take the black foam off of that one. Didn’t have the correct wrench to remove the bar today.

The next step is to start painting it and then we will get more foam and start the upholstery process. We’re still working on making more leaves for it and I keep stitching away each morning to make one leaf.

These had veins of stitching added to them but I forgot to take a photo of them after that. I will keep you updated on our progress.

Colored Pencil Drawing and More Felt Leaves

I have been stitching a felt leaf every morning for our Big Ski Chair Affair project. It’s a little nerve racking because if the needle hits the wire base, the needle breaks. I have broken four needles so far. It always happens when I try to speed up a bit or don’t pay enough attention.

Felt Leaves

Here’s the leaves I finished. I haven’t added any veins. I am going to check with the other ladies before I do. Maybe the small ones don’t need any?

Blending Colored Pencils

I’m still working on my colored pencil drawing. It takes a lot of time. You can see in the upper left corner that I am blending the background. I am using odorless mineral spirits and applying a tiny bit with a brush. And it works! The colored pencil layers blend and cover the white of the paper.

First Layer Blended

Here it is after the first layer is blended including the leaves. I haven’t started on the water lily itself yet. Trying to learn how this works before I make a mess of the flower.

Background Blended

And here is the water with a couple more darker colored pencils added. It definitely gives richer colors than just using colored pencils alone. You don’t push down hard with the pencils, just do a light circular stroke to cover the page. That way you don’t damage the tooth of the paper. Next, I will add more layers and details to the leaves. Once I finish the leaves, I will try the flower.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

The Big Ski Chair Affair

I can’t remember if I have talked about this project here or if I said something about it over at The Felting and Fiber Studio. But one of the non-profit organizations where I am a volunteer was looking for a new fund-raiser. The idea came up to have artists “decorate” a ski lift chair and then auction them off. The organization provides transportation to and from the ski hill so it seemed like a good fit. Guess who’s in charge of the fund-raiser? Not sure why I say yes to these things but I just need one more thing to do!

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This is what the chairs look like now and they are big, over seven feet long. And because yes, I need to do more than just be the head of the fund-raising event, our group decided to decorate a chair. So we are working on a proposal for the chair and yesterday, we started making some elements for the chair.

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Here’s a sketch of our proposal. The seat benches will be covered with eco printed felt, there will be felt rocks under one side and a bower of leaves climbing up the overhead support. We started working on the leaves. Some are made from copper wire, some from flat copper, some from felt and some with machine stitched threads.

Here we are working away at Louise’s house. Louise already has all the metal smithing tools so she showed us how to use them and off we went.

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It was fun pounding, stringing beads and shaping our leaves.

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Here’s all the leaves we created. There are a couple of thread leaves and one felt leaf in there too.

Here’s a little closer view of what the leaves will look like. The wire ones without anything in them aren’t done. Some will turn into felt or thread stitched leaves, others will get beaded wires wrapped around them. Deb pointed out to us partway through that we needed some larger leaves since the chair is so big and the smaller ones would be really disproportionate. So we made a few bigger ones. We have lots more to go so I’m sure we’ll have all kinds of sizes by the time we’re finished. I’ll keep you updated on how the project is going. I have never worked on a project this big or collaboratively so it is going to be fun and I’m sure I will learn a lot.

We have to turn in a proposal and get it accepted but we are kind of getting ahead of ourselves. But I’m sure it will work out in the end. I have made a Facebook page for the fund-raiser. I would appreciate it if you’d go and like the page and spread the word. We are still looking for other artists in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana to participate.