We asked Feltmakers Ireland member Leiko Uchiyama a few questions last month to get an understanding of her work and what motivates one of the members of our guild.
We hope you enjoy her responses and gain an understanding of how your fellow felt-makers work in this craft.
Can you tell us a little about yourself Leiko?
I’m Japanese and I’ve lived in Japan, NZ, France, Indonesia and now in Ireland over the last 6 years. I was studying animal science (sheep reproduction) in university in Japan and I was shearing sheep… Felting has been how I make my living since 1994.
How and when did you start Felting… what is your experience, can you tell us a little about your journey?
My first felting experience was when I was working on the sheep farm in NZ in 1987 with my farm boss and the book called “Felt Making” by Inge Evers. Then I had a chance to take the felting class with Jorie Johnson in 1992 in Japan. I was learning spinning, weaving and knitting but felting drew me the most.
What is your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?
I like keep my hands busy and it makes my brain works. Hand craft is very important in Japan and I believe it makes the society rich. Sheep is the animal which has the longest relationship with human being and they’ve been providing us food, shelter and clothes.In this 21st century, I’d like to see what real hand craft can do and to remember how skilled our hands are.
What currently inspires you?
Everything I see and everything goes through my mind and body.
Thank you Leiko for taking the time to speak with us.
Joint Exhibition with Finnish Felt Association Filtti and Feltmakers
“A Touch of Red”
Feltmakers Ireland are delighted to announce a joint exhibition with the Finnish Feltmakers
Association which will take place in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August inc. The opening will take place at 4pm on 30th June. The gallery is an old bank building overt two floors in the town centre.
Application for entries will close on 15 March 2019 for the initial round. Anyone wishing to enter the
competition will be asked to submit photographs of their entry with an application form. Those
selected for independent adjudication will be informed by mid April they must submit their pieces
ready for transportation by 30th April 2019.
Entries are restricted to members of Feltmakers Ireland.
Submission fee €20 per piece, €35 two or more. Payment on 2nd round.
1. Who can take part?
All current members of Feltmakers Ireland and feltmakers from Finland
2. What are the conditions of entry?
1 The work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional.
Wearable and non-wearable.
2 The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt, all hand-made felting
technique are accepted.
3 Other textile techniques (as well as non-textile media) may be included, though handmade felting
techniques must be principal one.
4 The work must be personally hand-made and after January 2018.
5 Work done during courses or under the guidance of teachers is not allowed.
6 The exhibition will be mounted in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August 2019 inc.
7 Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work 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.
A quick update for those of you who have registered for the upcoming Basic and Beyond hat making workshop. Applications have been received and applicants will be contacted with further details in the next 10 days.
Anyone else who is interested can still register by completing the following Application Form
Details of the event are below:
Basic and Beyond
Make a Hat
Learn the principles of Feltmaking and make a hat – exploring surface decoration, texture, nuno and 3D
Price includes 100g of fibre for use on the day plus more on sale
Saturday 27th, January 2018 10am – 5pm
Rathdown School Hall, Upper Glenageary Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin.
Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.
The play day scheduled for next Saturday has been postponed – we will post information about the new date soon.
PLAY DAY – Saturday October 1st. 10.00 – 17.00
Join us for a day of shared ideas while working together. The plan is that everyone works on their own felt piece in a shared space. While there are no tutors there will be lots of people who can offer advice and share ideas with. It’s a great opportunity to work on a large piece that may not fit on your table at home. Bring all own feltmaking materials and equipment and a packed lunch – there is no charge and we will provide the venue and the company. The location is Palmer Hall, Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.
Space is limited so you need to let Barbara Tidey know if you would like to join us – email@example.com
Knitting & Stitching Show 2016 – Volunteers Needed
We are looking for members to help out on our stand in the RDS for this years show. Volunteers usually spend 2-3 hours on the stand, it’s usually great fun, you meet lots of people and get free entry to the show!
If you are available please contact Christine Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org