Tennessean article – 11/18/2012

Change to fibers makes Kohnstamm’s art tangible | The Tennessean | tennessean.com. I’m so pleased with this article written by MiChele Jones for the Tennessean. It’s the first time I’ve been interviewed by someone who didn’t already know me, but MiChele made me feel incredibly comfortable talking about myself and my work. The best part […]

CERF+ | Craft Emergency Relief Fund and Artists’ Emergency Resources

CERF+ | Craft Emergency Relief Fund and Artists’ Emergency Resources. CERF is like Red Cross for artists. Please check out their website, consider donating, share their message, spread the word, ‘like’ their Facebook page. In 2010, I was dangerously close to losing my studio/home in the Nashville flood. Recalling the moment I had to leave […]

Hollow form experimentation

I’m playing around with making more complex forms in wool. While the addition of “spikes” and “balls” on pieces can be fun, I’m interested in developing a wider range of sculptural techniques to get the shapes I’m after. Resists are used in wet-felting for making bowls, vessel, slippers, purses, gloves and the like. The more […]

The Walking Seeds

I’m not sure what it is about felters, but they certainly tend to like seed pods, and I am no exception. Even as a youngster, I was fascinated by the shapes, textures, size and complexity of the seeds I could find in my own backyard. Even now, I have a pretty interesting array of seeds […]

Octopus-lily lamp

Octopus-lily lamp (on). Wool, lamp kit. 16″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″. Shana Kohnstamm ©2012   While I haven’t been working on this lighted felt piece for too long, it’s a relief to finish it. I’ve said it before but every time I wet felt, it feels wrong. EVERY time. I played around with resist between […]

Rise to Raise: start to finish

Talking with a friend about the shift in art-making, I stumbled across a solution to the uneasiness of *having ideas* (see previous post).  It was so simple: make felt paintings! I get the same rush of exploration as painting, the same discovery of improvising and none of the wasted paint. Here’s my work-in-progress photos from […]

My Little Sea-Pony?

Belly-ringed-two-legged-bottom-feeding nudibranch (Maximus Overkillus). Wool, glass. 10.5″ x 6″ x 6″, 2012 I posted photos over on my Facebook page a few days ago and requested a new name for this creature. Snarflagopuss, Space Apaloosa and My Little Sea-Pony were my favorites. This creature was the second piece I was working on with Andrea and I […]