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Nuno Felted Art to Wear

I use the same design concepts with my fashions as I do with my paintings. It’s all about composition: repetition of shapes, color themes, focal point and contrasts of various types. I use a very fine grade of merino wool. It’s a soft wool that can be used against the skin. I like the sparkle of adding beads and Angelina fiber. I also love the texture of the waste produces such as silk waste, silk rod carriers and the curls. I hand paint the rod carriers and many of the curly locks. I use both hand painted silk and printed silk. As a young woman, I hated to sew, but I find the creative process of felting is very different. I depended on patterns back then, but now the exciting part is cutting my own designs and pushing my mind into areas that are new. I also do brooches, 3D flowers and smaller items to compliment my garments. 

Scarves & Shawls


"Natural Disasters"

Silk fusion

Mount St Helen’s volcano was the first natural disaster that I experienced up close. More recently the fires in California, especially Paradise where I lived as a child, left me saddened by the devastation and the loss of lives. It seemed fitting to express my feelings in this series of work. 


“Natural Disasters” is a series of work done using silk fusion, also known as silk paper. It is a process using silk slivers adhered together using a medium. I have added gold, silver and copper to some of the images. Yarns, fabric and found objects are prevalent in some of the pieces. I love this medium. It is filled with surprises which forces my creativity. I am excited by light and dark patterns and using those to create rhythm in my work. These abstract pieces are a deviation from the realistic human figures that I have always worked with. The bottom line is all about composition, the most important element in any art medium.


Linda McCord
Fiber artist, painter, fashion designer

 




"Forest Fire"

"Wild Fire"

"Landslide #2"

"Landslide #1"

"Tornado #1"

"Thunderstorm"

"In the 90's"

Watercolors

 

"In the 90's" is a series of art about my mother's life after she turned 90 years old. I have attempted to show glimpses of the things she enjoyed doing, as well as, some more somber moments.  She loved babies, so I have included several paintings of her with her great, great granddaughter, Leah. She liked drinking her coffee out of China cups, reading, sewing, cooking, knitting and she loved her dog, Peppy.

 

In her younger years, Mom loved to fish and hunt. She did this mainly to feed her six children that she raised without the aid of a husband. When she was in her seventies and eighties, she was still chopping her own firewood while living in the mountains. She had no running water, so she packed water daily. She also had to fight off  bears that threatened to raid the trailer that was her home. I asked her why she went to all that work when she could live with modern conveniences, and she said, "I love the animals and the beauty and solitude of the woods". She was a real pioneer in her younger years, and she was a very strong, independent woman even in her ninety's. 

"Funny Pages"

"In the Red"

"On the Mend"

"Stir Crazy"

"African Festival"

watercolor

This is a series of 20 watercolors derived from The African Festival in Detroit.  I was excited about the beautiful colors and the way the sun created shadows and shapes. 

"Jewels"

"Back to Back"

"Detroit"

"Silk Hat"

"Just Hangin'"

"The Photographer"

"The Man Behind Her"

"Fur Hat"