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петък, 20 декември 2013 г.

Felt art carpet THE PATH OF LIGHT


The inspiration for my project came from the energy that creates everything in our life and the universe, everything that is a balance, plus and minus, Yin and Yang, the double helix, the eyes of God ...

Actually this is the Path of Light, which is implemented and materialized!


Very long time I thought how to do everything to mine almost without help, only with my powers, because everything I do only by hand and the felting process by this large size is really incredibly hard.

Of course, to make such felt carpet is needed a bit more experience and so much, a lot of desire, because there were moments in which to me was very hard, physically hard by physical labor, that I would come to drop, but I decided to finish the job ... and the carpet was bound to happen! :)

This was the beginning - an idea that had to mature a few years :)

From the small sketch of the project "The Way of Light"
to finished woolen rug size 2.30 m the way was long :).
My participation in the exhibition "Before Christmas" was the incentive and turning point for the realization of the long-standing project!

Natural grey-brown shade of wool for the base.
This is the beginning of a large carpet whose design has long matured in me.
Will be called The Way of Light. A lot of work!
The difficulty is that everything is great in the beginning - starting base size should be at about 70% -100% greater than the final

This is a working stage a few days later.
The carpet has a diameter of 2.50 meters, the phase of prefelt,
acquired a round shape and partial decoration after several days work.
Forthcoming further design work and should the heaviest part in the final felting process.

One of the working stages of felt carpet "The Path of Light"

Large carpet now is ready for the final wet felting for that I'll need of little help. 
The large carpet THE PATH OF LIGHT wetted and rolled for wet felting -
the hardest part of the process after many days working on the design and initial shaping.

It was incredibly heavy and difficult to move, but the desire to finish it was so great that after many days of hard labor.
It finally gained its final shape that you see in the next photo.

THE PATH OF LIGHT! Finally finished! Size 2.30 m X 2.0 m,
oval, 100% wool, thickness from 1 to 1.5 cm, hand felted by me almost without any male help :)

My husband really helped me with only by two windings of the carpet in a roll for the wet felting and passing it to the bathroom finally for finishing and final wash (and for the shooting, of course ;).

THE PATH OF LIGHT. Artist - Svetlana Kostova - LAnAArt. 
Size: approximately 2.30 x 2 meters = 90.6 x 78.7 inches,
thickness at about 1 - 1.5 cm = 0.4 - 0.6 inches.

Net weight: 4,5 kg. 
On the floor or on the wall this woolen rug will warm the atmosphere of your home with its warm colors and the light that emanates from it!

The carpet PATH OF LIGHT was shown on the exhibition BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Varna city, Bulgaria,
19 Nov.-3 Dec. 2013, http://www.etsy.com/listing/172282071/felt-art-carpet-the-way-of-light-pure 

Fully natural, ecological clean Bulgarian wool in grey-brown and white natural wool color shade.
Dry felting and wet felting techniques.
Completely handmade it is a fruit by hard working many days!

The carpet PATH OF LIGHT was shown on the exhibition BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Varna city, Bulgaria,
19 Nov.-3 Dec. 2013. Composition with felted clouds (sheeps).

This art carpet can be used as wall hanging (wall panel) too. It is not heavy (only 4,5 kg).
You can hang it in the direction that you like the most.
Hang it by putting a long wooden stick(s) (e.g. bamboo) or metal rod(s) and then sew it with fishing line or strong thread to the back of the carpet, and then hang it on the wall too.

The carpet PATH OF LIGHT was shown on the exhibition BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Varna city, Bulgaria,
19 Nov.-3 Dec. 2013, http://www.etsy.com/listing/172282071/felt-art-carpet-the-way-of-light-pure 

Cleaning methods: 

You can just clean the dust. There is no need of often washing or cleaning.
In case of need you can wash it.

Machine washing:
This art object is so big, but if you can put it in the washing machine it can be washed there.
Machine washing on wool program up to 30ºC using gentle washing liquid or powder suitable for wool. It is better to wash with program without centrifuge cycle!

Hand washing is preferable!
For washing you can use the bathtub, large wash basin or baby tub for bathing.
Please, have in mind that the wet wool increased its weight so much, which complicated the process of hand washing.

Please, have in mind that hand wash is permissible by gentle washing agents suitable for wool.
Rinse well to completely rinse the soap foam. In the final rinse add in water a little vinegar to neutralize the remnants of soap (in proportion at about 1 table spoon vinegar in 1 liter water) at last rinsing. Do that, you can rinse again with clear water to remove the smell of vinegar.

Let it to drain well. 
Please, press out the water carefully by hand and/or by foot.
You can absorb excess water with a cotton towel.
Dry free on air only on the horizontal surface and do not hang up, when it is wet!
It dries slowly, especially when the weather is cold and wet.

Please, do not dry in a dryer!

Detailed information on cleaning and washing the wool clothes and accessories you can find in my article: http://svetlanaarts.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-wash-our-clothes-and-accessories.html

Possible dry cleaning.

The carpet is ready for shipment.
The price is for transportation is for Registered Priority Mail with tracking number, which you can check and see its status and movement here: http://www.track-trace.com/ .

This carpet is listed in my Etsy shop LanAArt, where you can see it, check transport costs and buy it, if you like. 

If you have any more questions about this my art work, do not hesitate to ask me. 

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Svetlana Kostova

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