Over on The Felting and Fiber Studio site, we have a challenge every quarter to give us some inspiration and get our creative juices flowing. This year, we have all been choosing artists. So far we have had Jackson Pollock, Stewart Stephenson and Claude Monet. You can see the challenge entries in the 2014 gallery here. It was my turn this quarter and I have chosen 'Land Art'. I was initially going to choose a specific artist for this challenge, but in the end I just couldn't choose just one, the whole 'movement' is so inspiring. In case you haven't heard of it, Land art - according to Wikipedia " is an art movement in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked. It is also an art form that is created in nature, using natural materials such as soil, rock (bed rock, boulders, stones), organic media (logs, branches, leaves), and water with introduced materials such as concrete, metal, asphalt, or mineral pigments. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather, the landscape is the means of their creation." (i.e, not Christo)
Richard Shilling, a flickr search gives you lots of great photos, have a look at this link: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=richard%20shilling He has inspired others to create land art too, such as Colleen Proppe, who made the Leaf Flag in the photo above. Andy Goldsworthy is another name many people might recognise. Scott Robinson was inspired by him to make this Leaf art:
I discovered the work of Tom Hare while I was looking up land artists and sculptors, he does some gorgeous work. This is his website: http://www.tomhare.net/portfolio This is a photo of one of his willow sculptures, a Horse Chestnut breaking open, taken by Jodie Brodie:
Have a search on google for Land Art and Land Art Artists, I can guarantee you'll be inspired! Feel free to post your work on the forum, whether it's wet felted, needle felted, knitted, crocheted, woven, mixed media etc, as long as it features some kind of felt, fibre, or fabric, post it in the 4th Quarter Challenge thread: http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/thread/1788/fourth-quarter-challenge-land-art Have fun!