Solid Form Felting Techniques: Components and Clasps
In July, LISA KLAKULAK will be my next guest artist. Please join us for four fabulous days of felting and a lot of learning!
Explore systematic construction techniques for solid felt forms: spheres, discs, barrels, cones hoops and cords allowing for controlled repetition or deviation of forms. Learn graceful connection techniques for wet-felting these basic forms together seamlessly into more complex ensembles including unique clasps and closures. These techniques provide ample air space for shrinkage resulting in well-integrated surfaces that won’t pill. Students will also incorporate shapes cut from thick hand made partial felt to achieve more angular and defined edges, complexity of forms and means for efficient production. Class skill set can be used for adornment, garment/accessory closures, hanging devices, surface protuberances or purely sculptural form.
July 29, 30 & 31, 2019
Please contact me to put your name in the waitlist.
Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
In August, LISA KLAKULAK will be my next guest artist. Please join us for four fabulous days of felting and a lot of learning!
In addition to the shape of the 2-D resist, explore how varying the density of wool in a given area effects shrinkage rates and can provide more control to sculpt desired forms and forms previously unimaginable. Participants will make a thick, partially felted sheet of fiber with low shrinkage to cut distinct shapes from and apply with strategic placement in their high shrinkage layouts. This juxtaposition of shrinkage extremes along with directional agitation (perimetral shrinkage) will determine which areas become a kind of integrated armature and which areas protrude or become concave. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms posture and presence.
AGUST 1, 2, 3 &4, 2019
During this two-day workshop participants will learn how to create a vest by laying wool on silk fabric or other sheer fabric. This particular design will allow participants to wear in four different ways!
APRIL 4-5, 2019
SURFACE DESIGN + COMPOSITION*
During this experimental three-day workshop, participants will learn how to create a wall piece, approximately 18” x 24”, while applying different textural, stitching and dyeing methods. During the three days participants will learn how to create a basic piece of felt and we will discuss the different techniques behind “painting with wool” and how to incorporate it into their pieces. Participant also will learn how modify the look of their cloths with a few natural dyeing techniques, and how to design their surface with rust, a fantastic natural dye process where the rust (iron oxide) acts as a coloring agent.
APRIL 28, 29 & 30, 2019
beyond felting: SILK + WOOL + PAPER*
During this two-day workshop, students will learn how to create a textured and unique surface by felting merino wool onto mulberry paper, and vice-versa. Paper is a material that provides certain tactile qualities, while adding more structure to the felt. Students will learn how to combine these two materials, how to trap the mulberry paper into the surface with wool, and how to felt both of them together. Students will use this technique to create several 12”x12” pieces, which can later be applied to garments, accessories and other felted work.
MAY 4-5, 2019
Botanical printing + indigo & BEYOND*
Learn the art of hand-dyeing using only the natural pigments and colors found in plants. On day one you will make several samples using wind fallen plant material as you learn about eco-printing, the complex natural dyeing technique of laying out leaves on fabric, bundling and boiling the fabric to produce stunning results. On the second day you will learn how to combine this technique along with other natural dyeing techniques, and on the third day, you will learn how to make an indigo batch and combine it with the eco printing technique. This workshop will also cover more natural dyes and painting with pigments.
The workshop will take place in Florence, MA.
MAY 15-17, 2019
Surface Design on Cotton, Linen, Wool & Silk
Beginner and experienced fiber artists will learn to design the surface of fabric using paints and inks, printing, stamping, rubbing, carving stamps, painting, writing, and stenciling. In addition, explore several natural dyeing techniques, including a fantastic process using rust (iron oxide) as a coloring agent. Natural dyes will leave a permanent print on felt and other fabrics with great potential for some decorative stitches.
@ Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA
MAY 25, 26 & 27, 2019
SURFACE DESIGN, TEXTURES & COMPOSITION in FELT
In this unique felting workshop, participants will create a large felted art piece by applying different felting, textural, stitching and dyeing methods. We will explore the various techniques behind ‘painting with wool’ and how to incorporate it into your work. We will also modify the look and design of various fabrics using natural dyeing techniques including rust; where iron oxide acts as a coloring agent leaving a permanent print with great potential for decorative stitching. A variety of stitch techniques will be shown to add texture to the felt surface, while hand stitching also acts as a quiet method for reflection by which to build one’s visual narrative and sensory experience. Each day there will be time to work on specific exercises, brainstorming sessions and problem-solving challenges that, with the tutor’s guidance, will expand your personal project. The workshop also includes several Powerpoint presentations showcasing inspirational pieces from various textile and fibre artists. Material Fee: approx. $35
JULY 7-14, 2019
@ Fibres West, Perth, AUSTRALIA
Explore line, color, and stitch at a contemplative pace. Slow down your felting, your stitching, your practice, your breath so you can absorb new ideas to inspire your making. Consider examples of artists from around the world who practice slow stitching on a daily base. "As you practice slow and intentional stitching, your life, your attitude, your creativity, your health, your spirituality....all of it will benefit as a result" - Mark Lipinsky. All levels.
@ Snow Farm, Willliamsburg, MA
SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, 2019
Creating Texture on Felted Wool & Silk
Take your work to the next level with this exploration of textural felting techniques. Learn shibori felting, felting around resists, folds, cracks, ripples, and more. Through detailed demonstrations and hands-on practice, students will experiment and create a few new pieces, all with great potential for continued embellishment such as stitching and embroidery. Designed for students with some felting experience.
@ Snow Farm, Willliamsburg, MA
OCTOBER 12, 13 & 14, 2019
During this three-day workshop students will learn how to create an elegant and wearable felted vest, while applying different textural and layout techniques. Students will make a seamless and reversible nuno felted vest, while learning how to nuno felt and work with different layers of silk and wool to create an interesting gradation of colors on both surfaces of the vest, maintaining their original design as a focal point. The workshop will end with a demonstration that shows how to create several possible closures for the vest.
OCT 24, 25 & 26, 2019
@ Living Felt, Austin TX
* CANCELLATION POLICY:
Students will receive a 75% refund of tuition if a request to withdraw is received no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the course. Request to withdraw from a course less than 7 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds. If you register for a class or workshop last minute (within 1 week of the class), this cancellation policy still applies.