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feltri-kiri with guest artist renate maile-moskowitz*

The Japanese word "Kiri" resonates in our vocabulary with the fear and trepidation felters encounter when administering the 'first cut(s)" into one’s finished work. With a little handholding for the first incisions into the felt, all will overcome and experience the thrill of unearthing hidden colors, unexpected undergrounds and layerings. Simultaneously see your 2D felt rise into another dimension by cutting, folding, twisting, stretching your felt into endless new 3D shapes and textures... The ultimate wish for this brand new workshop will be to try, experiment and master some of the layering and slashing techniques besides your own fear.

Some older, unliked or tired looking pieces of felt could be revisited and reanimated with Feltri-Kiri applications, though in general, felting can greatly benefit or be enriched by these easily slashed and raised textures offered in this workshop.

November 5-6 (10-5 p.m.)

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fitted vest*

In this three day workshop students will learn how to make a seamless and reversible “Fitted” vest. Students will learn how to nuno felt and how to work with different layers of silks and wool to create an interesting degradation of colors on both surfaces of the vest. During the first day, students will spend some time to create small samples to learn how to calculate the shrinkage and how to combine all the different silk colors. The second and third day students will apply everything learned during the first day into the design of their vest. This vest will be a very sturdy but soft one that can be ideal to wear during formal and/or informal events.

November 30-December 2 (10-4 p.m.)

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barcelona vest + SURFACE DESIGN

During this three-day workshop, students will learn how to create a very elegant and wearable felted vest while applying different textural and printing techniques. During the first two days, students will learn how to design the surface of the silk with paints and inks by printing, stamping, rubbing, carving stamps, painting, writing and stenciling. During the remaining two days, students will be able to use all the material they have designed to make a seamless and reversible nuno felted vest. Students will learn how to nuno felt and how to 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 of different possibilities for creating several closures for the vest.

@ FELTER’S RENDEZVOUS - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

03/02/19-03/05/19

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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.

MARCH 29-31, 2019, 10-4 pm

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“4-1” vest*

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, 10-4 pm

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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, 10-4 pm

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Botanical printing

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, 10-4 p.m.

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BARCELONA VEST*

In this three day workshop students will learn how to make a seamless and reversible “Barcelona” vest. Students will learn how to nuno felt and how to work with different layers of silks and wool to create an interesting degradation of colors on both surfaces of the vest. During the first day, students will spend some time to create small samples to learn how to calculate the shrinkage and how to combine all the different silk colors. The second and third day students will apply everything learned during the first day into the design of their vest. At the end of the third day, I will spend some time to show the students how to make a simple pin that will allow to wear the vest in different styles. This vest will be a very sturdy but soft one that can be ideal to wear during formal and/or informal events.

MAY 18-29-20, 2019, 10-4 pm

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boro bag*

This two day workshop is designed for students with some felting experience. During the first day participants will create a patched looking bag where they will learn how to build layers of silk, cotton or wool fabric to play with the color of the wool and the fabric. During the second day, participants will learn how to make a seamless bag, decorated at the end with multiple stitches.

JUNE 1-2, 2019, 10-4 pm

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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

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* 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.