Christmas present idea

basic and beyond hat making 2020

basic and beyond application form 2020

It is that time of year… and some clever people have already purchased this Day course as a present for a loved one! What a lovely present that is and perfect timing, just afer Christmas on 25th of January… going away with a new hat and a new skill… perhaps even a new group of friends in feltmakers ireland and certainly a fun day out.

If you want to purchase one of the last places on this course- for a friend- contact us.

We will endevour to help you out and can provide you with all the details and a gift certificate to give to them…. be someones secret Santa- GIVE EXPERIENCES, NOT THINGS.

Xx

Interview with Yaroslava Troynich

YAROSLAVA TROYNICHFelt makers Ireland follows several felt makers on Instagram to get our regular fix of inspiration. A member put us in touch with Yaroslava Troynich, a 41yr old Russian textile artist, based in Helsinki, Finland.  Her specialty is felted animal puppets. She says “this is fun textile way to worship wildlife” we decided to get in touch to find out more…

 Tell us a little about you as a person? e.g. upbringing/ where you work/ work other than textiles…

My life seems to me like a huge pile of wool, which I could transform into endless forms.

I was born in USSR and had no artistic background in my family. As a child I was fond of sewing textile toys and dreamed about art school and industrial design. The next big dream was to become a policeman to fight for justice and make the world better. However, the world itself captured all my attention so in the end I graduated from university as a journalist! For several years I have been traveling the world and contributing to Cosmopolitan and National Geographic in Russia and continued to write for local media after moving to Finland in 2007.

Most of all I loved to make stories about remote places, where wildlife, traditional lifestyles and crafts remain. The best moments of my life have mostly connected to wildlife – snorkeling with manta rays in Galapagos, planting rainforest for orangutans of Borneo or searching for the sloths in the Amazon.

Humans and wild nature cohabiting and environmental issues were always on my top interest list.

 

How and when did you start your textile journey… what is your experience, tell us a little…

Once in 2009 I came across of artwork done by Stephanie Metz. Her meaningful sculptures made of white wool and some experimental textile pieces were shockingly modern, pure contemporary art.

In Russia felting is very traditional craft and to me it felt quite outdated. But this was the first moment I began to look at it differently. My inner artist woke up. I tried needle felting and was amazed of wool’s ability to take any shape. But I really fell in love with wool after my first wet felted piece. The feeling of soapy babbles on my hands and witnessing of wool fibers transformation into something totally new – this magic has forever bewitched me. Quite soon I realized that I want to work with 3D-felt. In my childhood I loved “bibabo”, traditional Russian hand puppets, with their history dated back to 17 century and originated in Italy and France. Ideas came fast and naturally. My first fox puppet was born, and it felt like a real gift from textile and craft gods. Surprisingly, combination of traditional felt with traditional toy turned in to very modern and unique art object. Suddenly everything came together: my love of puppets, of wildlife and of wool. That is the story of my own transformation into textile artist specialized in felted animal puppets.

My artwork is my small personal contribution to environmental awareness. These puppets are really great communication gadgets. They help to connect parents with children, create new stories and learn new things. They have strong social position – they support environmental education and promote love to animals. My special pride if they work with ecologists in the national parks and museums and with teachers and psychologists.

I have been learning a lot from great textile artists to develop my own skills, tried new areas of textile art but nothing makes me as happy as these animal puppets. Felting process itself has great art-therapeutic effect on me. So, I do share these benefits with others on my workshops around the world. I love to teach adults and transform them into artists and kids at least for a day. This transformation is no less amazing than wool metamorphoses. Sometimes I feel that it can be my real vocation to inspire people for creating via my puppets.

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Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation? e.g. for hobby/ creativity/ art/ fashion/ health/ money…

My strongest motivation is a game with the world, special quest. I want to explore its secrets and search for opportunities to create new, positive and inspiring things.

Almost all my ideas I draw from the nature. Weird animals, beautiful animals, endangered animals. While visiting national parks I have chance to encounter wildlife closer. Even though I don’t follow physiological accuracy in my work, I study animals a lot, examine pictures, watch nature documentaries and read about their habitats and personal lives. I am minded in spirit of minimalism, restrained Scandinavian design and naive art, so I try to create live animalistic images using as little details as possible. But I also like to add some humor or bright travel and cultural heritage inspired details to my work. Especially, I feel free with my finger puppet collection. Some animals can wear Russian felted boots at some occasions and use the laptops at their homes. This kind of art makes me play all the time. I draw very poorly, so my rare sketches look like ugly construction schemes. More often I just have an idea inside my head and then test it directly on the wool. Complicated shapes I break into many simple forms and play with it. I combine different felting technics but my main one is wet felting. There are wool, soap, water and hands only. I use a lot of different fibers for creating animal hair, especially I love hairy goat mohair. I try to make my felt durable and flexible in the same time to keep the most of mobility for the toys. Sometimes my projects involve dyeing of materials and even painting on top of the wool toys.

It is weird, but 3D objects at first are just flat and in the beginning of my journey I was too depending on the patterns and constructive solutions but nowadays I become increasingly aware of limitless sculptural opportunities of felt. You can always change, reshape, improve. Felt makes me feel braver as an artist because in this process even apparent mistake can turn in to genius idea. Besides, it is difficult to make mistake with animals – they always come out wonderful. Probably, because they are born twice – at first from the idea and wool and then again become alive on top of the hand while playing.

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What currently inspires you? 

Lately I am passionate about the animation to give my puppets even more life and voice. It is inspiring to integrate and collaborate different types of art and creativity in to the one beautifully felted structure. Well, and sponsors of all my ideas and inspiration invariably remain wildlife and life itself, with all that everyday routine and new changes. The coolest ideas come to me when traveling or hang out in the mountains, through the forest or along the cold ocean. The Amazon jungle and Himalayan snowy peaks are my eternal favorites.  But during my life in Finland, I fell in love with the north. Perhaps the northern animals are not the most vivid and expressive as objects for creativity, but the power of life in northern nature, with its short as a flash summer, is simply unique.  This power nourishes me. In Finland, people are very respectful to their nature resources, and this gives me the feeling that I am in the right place. After all, partly my work is pure nature worship, and toys are a tribute to the nature.

 

Thank you Yaroslava for taking the time to answer our questions for supplying the wonderful images of your work and for providing the dose of Instagram inspiration that we need. If you want to see more follow Yaroslava at the below.

 

Instagram

@yara_bibabo

#yaroslavatroynich

 

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Christmas Sunday Session

dec 19 session

The Next Sunday session will be a very casual affair… mince pies and coffee and some relaxing hands on felting… maybe make a christmas decoration… as regular members advice on projects… bring along some things you are making and show us… A crafty little day time get together away from the Hubbub and hoobala of the Xmas rush.

 

SLOW DOWN this year, have a chat and a coffee… make something, watch….

Everyone is welcome ( members/ non members/ past /present and future).

 

Christmas Sunday Session

dec 19 session

The Next Sunday session will be a very casual affair… mince pies and coffee and some relaxing hands on felting… maybe make a christmas decoration… as regular members advice on projects… bring along some things you are making and show us… A crafty little day time get together away from the Hubbub and hoobala of the Xmas rush.

 

SLOW DOWN this year, have a chat and a coffee… make something, watch….

Everyone is welcome ( members/ non members/ past /present and future).

 

Fashion, made in Monaghan

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A unique “MODE – Made in Monaghan Designer Showcase”  will  mark the end of our Very Successful 2019 Programme

This showcase extravaganza will provide an excellent opportunity for our many talented designers to display their creative collections to other women in business and a wider audience.

Monaghan Designers being showcased on the evening will include:

The event, which will be expertly hosted by Maria Macklin, House of Colour, will include a range of refreshments and we will end  the evening with some excellent live musical entertainment provided by very talented Dara MacGabhann and Andy Hogg, aka “The Two Five Ones”.

Details of the event are:

Venue:          Westenra Arms Hotel, The Diamond, Monaghan
Date:            Wednesday 27th November 2019
Time:            7.30pm
Admission:  €15 including refreshments and entertainment

We are really looking forward to hosting this unique event which will provide our gifted designers with an excellent promotional opportunity and will provide you with an informative, enjoyable evening out – and inspiration and ideas for supporting local businesses and buying local for the festive season and in the years to come!

Please book early to avoid disappointment.   We have a limited number of places available and they really will sell out very very quickly.  The booking link is here.  Click on it now to grab your place!

Larissa is one of our members and will be presenting the first Sunday Session of 2020 at the knockmarroon Gate studio- on different breeds of fleece and their specific uses in feltmaking!… the date for your 2020 calender is 12/01/2020

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Hat Making Competition

Hat Making Competition 2020

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NEWS FLASH

The annual hat making competition is now accepting entries- up to March 1st.

We have some excellent hat makers/ milliners amongst our members so this would be a great opportunity for some of you who may be interested.

The entry date is also March 1st…. so those attending and signed up for the “Basic & Beyond” have a little time to practice their new found skill on a wonderful creation and submit it!!

You just never know and if you aren’t in it, you can’t win it! Good Luck.

basic and beyond hat making 2020

basic and beyond application form 2020

 

 

Sunday Session Nov 10th

nov 19 session

NEWS UPDATE:

Sunday session on Nov 10th will be held as usual at Knockmarron Gate Studio 10:30am, all welcome to attend. Clodagh will give a talk on Japanese textiles and show some of her own dye work. She is asking members to bring along any examples of their own Japanese textiles. Perhaps you have travelled there for the Rugby or plan to go next year for the Olympics? Japan is on trend in fashion too for 2020.

Please bring any examples you have of Kimonos, Shibori ( your own felt examples or otherwise) to contribute to the discussion and make the session lively.

 

KNIT AND STITCH

Thanks to all volunteers in advance of the show- without your help Feltmakers Ireland would not be able to have an exhibition stand. The Sunday session is running as usual despite it being the last day of the Knit and Stitch show… maybe we can share information about our visits and experience.

FIBRE will also be available- though there may be limited stock this weekend due to the Knit and Stitch show exhibit.

 

Sunday Session Nov 10th

nov 19 session

NEWS UPDATE:

Sunday session on Nov 10th will be held as usual at Knockmarron Gate Studio 10:30am, all welcome to attend. Clodagh will give a talk on Japanese textiles and show some of her own dye work. She is asking members to bring along any examples of their own Japanese textiles. Perhaps you have travelled there for the Rugby or plan to go next year for the Olympics? Japan is on trend in fashion too for 2020.

Please bring any examples you have of Kimonos, Shibori ( your own felt examples or otherwise) to contribute to the discussion and make the session lively.

 

KNIT AND STITCH

Thanks to all volunteers in advance of the show- without your help Feltmakers Ireland would not be able to have an exhibition stand. The Sunday session is running as usual despite it being the last day of the Knit and Stitch show… maybe we can share information about our visits and experience.

FIBRE will also be available- though there may be limited stock this weekend due to the Knit and Stitch show exhibit.