Biodiversity Birds & Bees

reminder- to get MAKING A BUZZ…. help us celbrate biodiversity in the park- by making giant BEES, BIRDS, INSECTS, FLOWERS… and felt bombing the local environment!

In Sept – Sept 13th to be exact we will be taking part in a biodiversity event in the Phoenix park. We want to felt bomb a tree- with a twist… Lets make Bees & Birds and all things biodiverse…. Endangered insects and native flowers… in felt.

We would like these pieces to be large- perhaps 30cm to be seen from  afar and work in a hanging or pinning way. If you feel like a challenge, help us to BRING A BUZZ back to the park!

birds and bees REQUEST

We are asking you to get making- and bring them along to the AGM in May…. of course we have more time as the Biodiversity day will be in Sept…. but it was so beautiful and encouraging for everyone to see the indivdual pieces of felt work last year at our AGm- that we are hoping of you will bring your creepie crawlies already in MAY and motivate your fellow felters to join the FUN!biodiversity day 13th sept

 

Endangered Exhibition- Application Open

Hi members,
please find the application form for the Exhibition by Felt makers Ireland to be shown at the Knit & Stitch show in Nov 2020.
We look forward to receiving your entries- to hello@feltmakersireland.com
This will be a 2-stage process- first round (together with fees, 15th June, photographs digitally submitted only) 2nd round actual pieces judged in Sept.
Both judging rounds will be by independent adjudication- not by the committee. The committee will provide administrative support and liaison with members.
We really do look forward to seeing our members work and presenting the lucky chosen pieces to the wider public. Good Luck.

APPLICATION FORM FOR ENDANGERED EXHIBITION MASTER

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Feltmakers Ireland prioritises the safety of its members and so will be reviewing its events on an ongoing basis. We will keep you up to date on what is going ahead or if there are any cancellations. It is important for us to follow HSE and Dept of Health advice at all times. Keep well everyone and take great care of yourselves.

Best wishes,

The Feltmakers Ireland Committee.

AGM collaborative art

AGM 2020 ADVERTISEMENTHi folks,

AGM this year will take place on 17th May in Lucan.

Last year our collaborative art project was so well supported and has helped so much I the decorating of the studio- the exhibition space and the Knit and Stitch stand that we are hoping to try something similar again!

In Sept – Sept 13th to be exact we will be taking part in a biodiversity event in the Phoenix park. We want to felt bomb a tree- with a twist… Lets make Bees & Birds and all things biodiverse…. Endangered insects and native flowers… in felt.

We would like these pieces to be large- perhaps 30cm to be seen from  afar and work in a hanging or pinning way. If you feel like a challenge, help us to BRING A BUZZ back to the park!

birds and bees REQUEST

We are asking you to get making- and bring them along to the AGM in May…. of course we have more time as the Biodiversity day will be in Sept…. but it was so beautiful and encouraging for everyone to see the indivdual pieces of felt work last year at our AGm- that we are hoping of you will bring your creepie crawlies already in MAY and motivate your fellow felters to join the FUN!biodiversity day 13th sept

 

Endangered Exhibition- Application Open

Hi members,
please find the application form for the Exhibition by Felt makers Ireland to be shown at the Knit & Stitch show in Nov 2020.
We look forward to receiving your entries- to hello@feltmakersireland.com
This will be a 2-stage process- first round (together with fees, 15th June, photographs digitally submitted only) 2nd round actual pieces judged in Sept.
Both judging rounds will be by independent adjudication- not by the committee. The committee will provide administrative support and liaison with members.
We really do look forward to seeing our members work and presenting the lucky chosen pieces to the wider public. Good Luck.

APPLICATION FORM FOR ENDANGERED EXHIBITION MASTER

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Natural Rhythms- Nancy Ballesteros Workshop

NATURAL RHYTHMS NANCY APRIL 2020Nancy Ballesteros from the renowned “Treetops Colour Harmonies” in Australia is planning a series of workshops in Europe in 2020. We are delighted to announce that she will be hosted by Felt makers Ireland on 25th & 26th of April 2020.

This is a 2-day workshop- of sampling and flat felt making, with particular attention on colour relationships. Suitable for all levels of felt makers. We would especially like to encourage people who attended the 2020 or 2019 Basic and Beyond session to apply… this will increase your skill level and there will be assistance available.

Last year we interviewed Nancy- read on to see her answers and be inspired.

Tell us a little about you as a person, Nancy?

I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma with an artistic father and creative mother who bestowed me with a love of art and textiles.  While at University I stumbled upon an opportunity to learn how to spin yarn, I took to it like a duck to water.  Spinning continued to be my passion for many years after finishing a degree first in pre-Veterinary Medicine that finally changed to Biology/Geology.  In 1986, I was made redundant from my corporate job and decided to follow my textile passions.  I began by selling handspun yarns. It quickly became apparent; however, that what people really loved about my creative efforts was the passion and flare I had for colour.  So, I decided to do just that – create colour!  In 1990, my husband Mark and I re-located to Perth, Australia where I immediately launched an international web-based business called Treetops Colour Harmonies.

I feel very lucky to be able to work ‘from a home-based studio’. We had the opportunity to purpose-build a passive solar studio/workshop into our house design. My space contains both my Treetops Studio and my own workspace intermingled. There are separate dyeing and storage areas.  My family has, in self-defence, set up “Wool Free Zones” in the rest of the house…

How and when did you start Felting?

I first learned how to felt at a spinning retreat in America. It wasn’t till I moved to Australia that I really developed my passion for felting.  Nuno felt making was just being developed by Polly Stirling. It just so happened that Polly was teaching her technique at our First Southern Hemisphere Felting Conference in Bunbury, Western Australia. That changed the course of my felt making. Nuno allowed us, in the warmer Southern Hemisphere, to make lighter weight cloth, but most of all it was the ability to create my own cloth that fascinated me!
Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

In a nutshell, I love to “Investigate Ideas”.  I’m always asking myself “How”, “Why” and “What if”…  I believe it’s my science background having an on-going conversation with my Art-self.  I think about things a lot, and then I play. I like explanations, but then I’m happy to break rules…  I love creating Nuno for fashion.

NANCY BALLESTEROS (2)

What currently inspires you?

Last year, having seen some gorgeous but very expensive striped deck chair fabric, I decided to set aside a month and embark on a journey of creating Stripes! I had never much liked stripes before…! I became fascinated with the idea of “What constitutes a ‘Great Stripe’?” That question soon morphed into “HOW does one create a great Stripe design?” After experimenting a bit, I very quickly realised it wasn’t as simple as it appeared!

 

To stay focused on my journey, I decided that I needed the pressure of ‘going public’.  I declared that “I was going to make and post a Stripe sample every day for 30 days” – I called it “My 30-Day Stripe Library Challenge” (you can find in on my website at https://treetopscolours.com.au/natural-rhythms-30-day-challenge/). The name, after my challenge, from ‘Stripes’ to ‘Natural Rhythms’ when I realised that ‘Stripes’ were really only one part of a broader category of Linear Patterns, and my interests included both.

Along this journey, I discovered how the Fibonacci sequence was a great tool to help me design a more balanced ‘Natural Rhythm’ pattern. It also tapped into my 30+ years of working with colour theory!  Along the way, I have had to create a method of “working with wet wool” to obtain sharper linear elements.  The seeds of this idea had been sewed several years earlier when working with my Silk Hankies.

I will be teaching these ideas in Europe in 2020. There are several workshops on offer from creating your own ‘Natural Rhythms’ garment, wrap or scarf. Or you can choose to happily fill 2 or 3 days with creative play ‘Developing your own Sample Library of Natural Rhythms’ – the possibilities of colour and movement are endless!

From Felt makers Ireland, “thank you Nancy” for taking the time to complete this interview with us. We really love to learn about our fellow felters artistic pathways and do hope that we will see you face to face in Ireland in the very near future!

APPLICATION FORM FOR WORKSHOP- NOW OPEN

NATURAL RHYTHMS NANCY APPLICATIONform 2020

For more workshop details see: https://treetopscolours.com.au/more/information/workshops/  or visit my website on www.treetopscolours.com.au

You can also follow Nancy on FB and Instagram:

FB: www.facebook.com/treetopscolours

Insta: www.instagram.com/treetops.colours

NANCY BALLESTEROS3

 

 

 

 

Natural Rhythms- Nancy Ballesteros Workshop

NATURAL RHYTHMS NANCY APRIL 2020Nancy Ballesteros from the renowned “Treetops Colour Harmonies” in Australia is planning a series of workshops in Europe in 2020. We are delighted to announce that she will be hosted by Felt makers Ireland on 25th & 26th of April 2020.

This is a 2-day workshop- of sampling and flat felt making, with particular attention on colour relationships. Suitable for all levels of felt makers. We would especially like to encourage people who attended the 2020 or 2019 Basic and Beyond session to apply… this will increase your skill level and there will be assistance available.

Last year we interviewed Nancy- read on to see her answers and be inspired.

Tell us a little about you as a person, Nancy?

I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma with an artistic father and creative mother who bestowed me with a love of art and textiles.  While at University I stumbled upon an opportunity to learn how to spin yarn, I took to it like a duck to water.  Spinning continued to be my passion for many years after finishing a degree first in pre-Veterinary Medicine that finally changed to Biology/Geology.  In 1986, I was made redundant from my corporate job and decided to follow my textile passions.  I began by selling handspun yarns. It quickly became apparent; however, that what people really loved about my creative efforts was the passion and flare I had for colour.  So, I decided to do just that – create colour!  In 1990, my husband Mark and I re-located to Perth, Australia where I immediately launched an international web-based business called Treetops Colour Harmonies.

I feel very lucky to be able to work ‘from a home-based studio’. We had the opportunity to purpose-build a passive solar studio/workshop into our house design. My space contains both my Treetops Studio and my own workspace intermingled. There are separate dyeing and storage areas.  My family has, in self-defence, set up “Wool Free Zones” in the rest of the house…

How and when did you start Felting?

I first learned how to felt at a spinning retreat in America. It wasn’t till I moved to Australia that I really developed my passion for felting.  Nuno felt making was just being developed by Polly Stirling. It just so happened that Polly was teaching her technique at our First Southern Hemisphere Felting Conference in Bunbury, Western Australia. That changed the course of my felt making. Nuno allowed us, in the warmer Southern Hemisphere, to make lighter weight cloth, but most of all it was the ability to create my own cloth that fascinated me!
Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

In a nutshell, I love to “Investigate Ideas”.  I’m always asking myself “How”, “Why” and “What if”…  I believe it’s my science background having an on-going conversation with my Art-self.  I think about things a lot, and then I play. I like explanations, but then I’m happy to break rules…  I love creating Nuno for fashion.

NANCY BALLESTEROS (2)

What currently inspires you?

Last year, having seen some gorgeous but very expensive striped deck chair fabric, I decided to set aside a month and embark on a journey of creating Stripes! I had never much liked stripes before…! I became fascinated with the idea of “What constitutes a ‘Great Stripe’?” That question soon morphed into “HOW does one create a great Stripe design?” After experimenting a bit, I very quickly realised it wasn’t as simple as it appeared!

 

To stay focused on my journey, I decided that I needed the pressure of ‘going public’.  I declared that “I was going to make and post a Stripe sample every day for 30 days” – I called it “My 30-Day Stripe Library Challenge” (you can find in on my website at https://treetopscolours.com.au/natural-rhythms-30-day-challenge/). The name, after my challenge, from ‘Stripes’ to ‘Natural Rhythms’ when I realised that ‘Stripes’ were really only one part of a broader category of Linear Patterns, and my interests included both.

Along this journey, I discovered how the Fibonacci sequence was a great tool to help me design a more balanced ‘Natural Rhythm’ pattern. It also tapped into my 30+ years of working with colour theory!  Along the way, I have had to create a method of “working with wet wool” to obtain sharper linear elements.  The seeds of this idea had been sewed several years earlier when working with my Silk Hankies.

I will be teaching these ideas in Europe in 2020. There are several workshops on offer from creating your own ‘Natural Rhythms’ garment, wrap or scarf. Or you can choose to happily fill 2 or 3 days with creative play ‘Developing your own Sample Library of Natural Rhythms’ – the possibilities of colour and movement are endless!

From Felt makers Ireland, “thank you Nancy” for taking the time to complete this interview with us. We really love to learn about our fellow felters artistic pathways and do hope that we will see you face to face in Ireland in the very near future!

APPLICATION FORM FOR WORKSHOP- NOW OPEN

NATURAL RHYTHMS NANCY APPLICATIONform 2020

For more workshop details see: https://treetopscolours.com.au/more/information/workshops/  or visit my website on www.treetopscolours.com.au

You can also follow Nancy on FB and Instagram:

FB: www.facebook.com/treetopscolours

Insta: www.instagram.com/treetops.colours

NANCY BALLESTEROS3

 

 

 

 

Interview with Marjolein Darllinga

Mature tongue ,2017, Marjolein Darllinga

Later this year May 29th-31st Felt makers Ireland will host the master felt maker Marjolein Darllinga from Bloomfelt. This should be a wonderful 3-day Felt making workshop that 12 lucky participants will enjoy. Ahead of this trip we reached out to Marjolein to ask about her work, her feltmaking journey and what inspires her textile practice.Grey matter 2019, Marjolein Darllinga

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

I am born in the Netherlands, moved in my thirties to Canada where I married, and we have three boys.

I studied History of art, psychiatric nursing and fine arts in the Netherlands.

I live with my family north of Montreal in a very small village in the middle of the Laurentiens woods,

We live on a former farm from Irish settlers where we built a beautiful art studio.

I spend all my days on my art

How and when did you start Felting… what is your experience, tell us a little about your journey with felt?

I started felting when my first child was born ,24 years ago.

I wanted the make natural toys and felting seems to be a perfect medium for that.

I made for years toys from wool with the wet felting technique, then it changed to wearables, costumes and slowly to art pieces.

My meeting with the Cirque du soleil was a mayor event for me, I learned and received so much from it.

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

For me felting is really a profession. I practice this art every day.

I never use the felting needles; I only use the wet felting techniques. I make some fashion items and accessories, mostly as a commission. Then costume design for wearable art shows, theatre or cirque. As art objects I make sculptures in all kind of sizes mostly for exhibits around the world.

Last years I have concentrated on very large felted sculptures. I received several grants to do different projects.

Lately I am busy with film and stop motion with my felted pieces

I am also experimenting lately to combine felt with other mediums.

Teaching is very important to me; I like to share and meet other artists.

I feel very grateful that the wool came on my path, it has brought me all over the world and gave me so many beautiful meetings.

Pink matter 2019, Marjolein Darllinga

 What currently inspires you?

I finished an exhibit last autumn where I have worked one and a half year for.

Since I am back home I started to look at all my former work and realized that many pieces are not finished and need more work .I am currently working on many pieces at the same time lately with others mediums .I like to go back to painting and do more short movies with my felted pieces.

You can find out more about the work of Marjolein at the below links. We thank her very much for taking part in this interview and supplying the wonderful images of her work. Feltmakers Ireland is really looking forward to the May workshop. This workshop will be held on 29th-31st May, Venue TBC ( Dublin). The application form are not yet ready- we will inform you when application opens.

Info

bloomfelt.com

Instagram: bl00mfelt

Facebook: bloomfelt

Pinterest: Marjolein Dallinga

Movies:

https://vimeo.com/375907238

Sunday session- Tamzen Lundy 9th Feb

A discussion and hands on demo about the basics- of feltmaking. Good skills to learn or recap- laying out fibre… different ways to make bobbles and small attachments.

Following my 100 days of feltmaking experiment in 2019, I share some of the very basics that I learnt along the way but that helped give such exciting and experimental shapes!

Snapshot :100days of felting by tamzen

Feb 9th session

ENDANGERED, exhibition 2020

We are delighted to announce that Feltmakers Ireland will have an opportunity to exhibit in a gallery space at the RDS, as part of the knit and stitch show in Nov 2020!

Current 2020 members will be eligible and invited to enter.

Watch this space for more details to follow over the coming months.

The title is ” Endangered: lost there , felt here”… inspiration can come from many sources, the environment, our changing society, heritage or culture.

Keep in touch, we promise more details and the application form in February.

Renew your membership to be eligible. A wonderful chance to show your work and skill in a very prominent location!

Good luck.