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NUNO Felting: JUNE 15TH 1 day course

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Felt makers Ireland is delighted to announce a 1 day “Felting with Fabric- NUNO” course. On June 15th, 10am-5pm Discounted for members to €55, ( non members €80).

Tutor: Elizabeth Bonnar, suitable with those with some felt making skills- for example if you make at home, or have attended a basic and beyond course… increase your knowledge and expand your skills.

See the application form below- this has the full details of materials required and application process and payment.

Please contact hello@feltmakersireland.com if you have any questions or difficulties.

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A.G.M Meeting Notice May 19th 2pm

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All members are invited to the AGM on May 19th at 2pm in St Andrews Cof I Parish Hall in Lucan

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We would love to see recent work from our members, we intend to display these pieces on a table- so please do bring along something you have made in the past year… the more the merrier.

There will be Fibre sales on the day, reports from committee members and an inspiring talk from textile artist Caroline Schofield.

https://carolineschofield.ie/

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

 

Sunday Session 14th April: Helene Dooley

Feltmakers Ireland meet for a Sunday Session on the second Sunday of the month in the Studio near Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park. With the help of Helene Dooley we will adapt the European Craft theme “to promote know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today”.

Felting which is one of the oldest crafts in society was used to provide the very basics of clothing and shelter, is now emerging as a luxury craft as well as a medium for visual artists.

The focus will be on 3D shapes and using single and multiple resists. Helene will outline briefly the methodology for producing a bowl shape, why wool type matters, minding the edges for a smooth finish, transforming the “pancake” shape and moving on to building more complex 3D shapes and the principals of the book resist.

If this all sounds very complicated – don’t worry: Helene will gear the presentation to appeal to different levels of felt making competency. She will have lots of samples for us to examine.

We really look forward to celebrating this theme- promoting know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today! Join us and learn the art and craft of FELT.

SUNDAY SESSION April

KNIT & STITCH Volunteer Call out

KNIT AND STITCH SHOW HELPHi folks,

We will need Volunteers for the Knit & Stitch show in November.

7th-10th November, dates for your diary. Volunteers will receive FREE ENTRY… only 2hrs of your time (more if you can give it) required. Help keep Felt Makers Ireland ALIVE. Welcome new members, share your experiences of felt… man the fibre stand, assist at the Learning Curve workshops.

We welcome the help of New and dedicated long time members alike. Please sign up.

We will have a signing sheet- Rota available at the AGM. However if you can’t attend the AGM on May 19th– please email hello@feltmakersireland.com to advise how you can help, on which day/ morning/ afternoon… and we will happily put your name down.

I know that it seems far away, however we are looking for approx. 30volunteers to cover the 4days 9 plus set up and take down of stand)… so we are putting out this call early.

Many of us know that we found out about Felt Makers Ireland via the Knit & Stitch show. This presence is vital for the continued existence of the Guild and for attracting new members. Be part of your community and help out. If you think you are going to be attending the show- give just 2 hrs and recieve FREE ENTRY!!!!

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LOVE YOUR GUILD- HELP US GROW.

Masterclass workshop: Leiko Uchiyama

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Hi folks

We are delighted to announce the next workshop!

This will be a 2 day “masterclass” – led by tutor Leiko Uchyiyama.  She will be showing us her “Pine Needle Technique” and we will be making a scarf following these instructions.

Leiko is a highly regarded felt artist, who teaches around the world.  Originally from Japan and now in Ireland over 6 years.

You can see more of her work on her website: www.leikofelt.com

You can also read a little about her inspiration in an interview we did some months ago.

Interview.

Please see the application form attached below. Please also see the list of materials required. Hand dyed ultra-fine merino is required and will be available to purchase from Leiko herself.

LEIKO UCHIYAMA PINE NEEDLE SCARF 2019

Leiko materials list

Places are limited to 12. The course will be held in Shankhill, South Co. Dublin. Members of Felt makers Ireland will be given priority and should this class be oversubscribed we will pull names from a hat! Good luck everyone.

Application forms should be emailed directly to:

workshop@feltmakersireland.com

LEIKO APRIL 2019

AGM… 19th May 2pm Advance Notice

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Hi folks,

This is a date for your diary… MAY 19TH (SUNDAY) at 2pm the AGM of felt makers Ireland.

This will be held in St Andrew Parish Hall (Church of Ireland) in Lucan.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring a piece of your work from this year- for a show and tell stand. Fibre will be available to buy.

We will have Caroline Schofield as the guest speaker and of course plenty of tea/ coffee and buns.

carolineschofield.ie

Join us, have your say, hear how Felt makers Ireland is working. Volunteer for committee roles or to help at the November Knit & Stitch. Be part of your craft movement.

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St Andrews Parish Hall, Lucan

Interview: with Nancy Ballesteros

Nancy Ballesteros from the renowned “Treetops Colour Harmonies” in Australia is planning a series of workshops in Europe in 2020. We really hope here at Feltmakers Ireland to be one of the lucky groups to host a masterclass workshop with her.

We decided in advance of this to ask her a few questions about her felting journey and what currently inspires her. We at Feltmakers Ireland hope that this interview in turn inspires you.

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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…

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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.

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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 Feltmakers 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!

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

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Masterclass workshop: Leiko Uchiyama

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Hi folks

We are delighted to announce the next workshop!

This will be a 2 day “masterclass” – led by tutor Leiko Uchyiyama.  She will be showing us her “Pine Needle Technique” and we will be making a scarf following these instructions.

Leiko is a highly regarded felt artist, who teaches around the world.  Originally from Japan and now in Ireland over 6 years.

You can see more of her work on her website: www.leikofelt.com

You can also read a little about her inspiration in an interview we did some months ago.

Interview.

Please see the application form attached below. Please also see the list of materials required. Hand dyed ultra-fine merino is required and will be available to purchase from Leiko herself.

LEIKO UCHIYAMA PINE NEEDLE SCARF 2019

Leiko materials list

Places are limited to 12. The course will be held in Shankhill, South Co. Dublin. Members of Felt makers Ireland will be given priority and should this class be oversubscribed we will pull names from a hat! Good luck everyone.

Application forms should be emailed directly to:

workshop@feltmakersireland.com

LEIKO APRIL 2019

Judging for “Something Red” UPDATE

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Hi Folks,

Just an update to let you know how our “Something red” exhibition judging and process is coming along.

As many of you know entries to the first round closed on 15th March. Thank you so much too many of our members, who submitted wonderful, varied pieces of art. You have made the tasks of the Judges very difficult indeed.

Photo judging took place at the end of last week we are in the process of contacting everyone who entered to let them know whether or not they have been successful at this stage and details if required for submission of the actual piece for the next round.

At this stage we just want to republish the rules for the project: in effort to be transparent and fair to all our members who have submitted a piece.

Entries are restricted to members of Felt makers Ireland.
Cost: Submission fee €20 per piece, €35 two or more. Payment on 2nd round.

Exhibition Terms

  1. Who can take part; All current members of Felt makers Ireland and Felt makers from Finland
  2. What are the conditions of entry; the work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional. Wearable and non-wearable.
  3. The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt, all hand-made felting technique are accepted.
  4. Other textile techniques (as well as non-textile media) may be included, though handmade felting techniques must be principal one.
  5. The work must be personally hand-made and after January 2018.
  6. Work done during courses or under the guidance of teachers is not allowed.
  7. The exhibition will be mounted in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August 2019 inc.
  8. Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work
  9. NB There is no restriction on size or other materials except that the pieces must be suitable to be 
    transported by courier to Finland and there can be no glass.

Emails are being sent out over the course of the next few days, please be patient. Once again thank you for all your efforts and inspiring work. We hope that some pieces will be further selected and displayed in a national exhibition in Portumna Arts festival later in the autumn.

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Sunday Session 14th April: Helene Dooley

Feltmakers Ireland meet for a Sunday Session on the second Sunday of the month in the Studio near Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park. With the help of Helene Dooley we will adapt the European Craft theme “to promote know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today”.

Felting which is one of the oldest crafts in society was used to provide the very basics of clothing and shelter, is now emerging as a luxury craft as well as a medium for visual artists.

The focus will be on 3D shapes and using single and multiple resists. Helene will outline briefly the methodology for producing a bowl shape, why wool type matters, minding the edges for a smooth finish, transforming the “pancake” shape and moving on to building more complex 3D shapes and the principals of the book resist.

If this all sounds very complicated – don’t worry: Helene will gear the presentation to appeal to different levels of felt making competency. She will have lots of samples for us to examine.

We really look forward to celebrating this theme- promoting know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today! Join us and learn the art and craft of FELT.

SUNDAY SESSION April