Sunday Session in the Park

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All welcome, Elaine will take us through beading techniques. We had a great first Sunday Session given by Kay last month, with a superb turn out. Lets keep up the momentum and support the crafting community. Come along, chat and share ideas.

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Make a Hat Workshop, Beginners & Beyond.

We are hosting a Felt-making hat workshop on February 23rd 2019.

This is a 1 day course suitable for beginners & as a refresher. At the end of the day you will have your own felted hat!

Please complete the application form and send payment to secure your place. Would this make a great gift? treat yourself to a creative new year and a new skill!

The cost includes your fibre for the day. Take a look at the application form for a list of common household items you will need to make felt on the day. Questions can be directed to hello@feltmakersireland.com. We accept ET transfer, cheque and Postal orders.

We would love to see you there.

makeahatworkshop2019

 

An Interview with: Kinga Huszti

Kinga Huszti is a Hungarian based felt maker. She has visited Ireland in the past to give tuition and we hope to host her again. We asked her to take part in this interview to help share her skills and inspire our members.

I hope this interview inspires you.

Tell us a little about you as a person?

I was lucky enough to grow up with four generations of my family in one household. Everybody was creative in some way. My Mum made amazing carnival costumes and was very inventive in her cooking, my stepfather wrote sheet music and painted pictures for our birthdays, and my grandmother the dressmaker was an exceptional person. I can hear the sound of it even today as she cut into the fabric with her huge tailor’s shears…

I watched her conjuring up elegant dresses in the dreary supply of the 1970s Hungarian fashion industry.  My cousin and I played for hours with the old dresses and materials in her store which were waiting to be turned into something new. Grandma Julia had impeccable taste and I inherited the “less is more” motto from her.

I was also surrounded by books and was devoted to them. I decided to become a book conservator/restorer when I was twelve and so I did. I’ve also studied printing and typography.


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

Because of my disciplined profession and strict upbringing double-checking measures and being precise was in my veins.  After my marriage and three sons I came into contact with felt making for the first time at the Hungarian Heritage House in 2001 and instantly fell in love with it. So much so that it has outshone every other work and by 2009 I got admitted to the Association of Hungarian Creative Artists and felt making has become my profession. Felt making allows me to become a child again and  use both sides of my personality. The careless, playful me led by feelings and totally lost in what I am doing, next to the grown up me dominated by thoughts, consideration and facts.

From this early stage in felt making, hats had a special appeal for me. They are the objects I make most often (with matching bags and scarfs) because I enjoy how they can reveal the hidden beauty of their owners. I love to see how wearing a hat transforms the person and brings a smile to her face.  In the design I concentrate on one aspect of the piece. I emphasize either the structure or materials/surface or the colours.

Making thin – very thin – felt comes naturally to me. Laying out the wool in this way is relaxing for me, like doing crosswords or knitting is for others. In case of summer hats, robes or scarves this is very rewarding as it allows for the felt to let more light through and drape attractively.

Beside felt making I enjoy teaching home and abroad. During summer I organize art holidays in the countryside  in a very tranquil cul-de-sac village, easing the plunge into creation.

When in Budapest you are welcome to visit my studio.


Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

I find a clean table very inspiring, just like a clear canvas for a painter. So first I empty the space I need and then I have the possibility to cover the table with a medley of many types and colours of materials and can simply start to play with them visualizing an object yet to be. It is seldom that I draw a plan, usually I just go ahead with what I have in mind. I’ve found wool a very yielding material and on the other hand one that I can trust. As with every handicraft you have to practice as only half of the knowledge is in your mind; the other half is in your hands, in your touch.

As I live in a large city, the capital Budapest, I like to surround myself with the harmonious creations of nature so as to make my studio a cosy, colourful and welcoming space.  Three days out of five I arrive there with something in my hand picked up on the way: oddly shaped twigs, skeleton leaves and so on. As a result I have made bags, pendants, gloves and even a hat in the shape of a leaf during the years. If it is something that can not be moved what catches my attention then I take a photo.

Colours are also something that I register even without looking so to say. The combination of two colours – for example a plastic bag in the hand of someone “hanging” next to his coat on a bus – might stick in my mind without seeing the actual person carrying it.

What currently inspires you?


The past year was emotionally very intense for me with great joys and great sorrows. I try to give space to my soul when I am at my studio nowadays.

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Felt makers Ireland hope to be hosting the Hungarian based felt maker Kinga for a bag making workshop later in 2019, so watch this space! Kinga is a master at her craft and it would be a wonderful opportunity for members to be able to share in her expertise.

http://feltikinga.com/

Make a Hat Workshop, Beginners & Beyond.

We are hosting a Felt-making hat workshop on February 23rd 2019.

This is a 1 day course suitable for beginners & as a refresher. At the end of the day you will have your own felted hat!

Please complete the application form and send payment to secure your place. Would this make a great gift? treat yourself to a creative new year and a new skill!

The cost includes your fibre for the day. Take a look at the application form for a list of common household items you will need to make felt on the day. Questions can be directed to hello@feltmakersireland.com. We accept ET transfer, cheque and Postal orders.

We would love to see you there.

makeahatworkshop2019

 

Updates for the New Year

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215Hello Folks,

You may have noticed over the last few months our website has undergone some updates. Firstly thank you for your patience as we make these changes. We hope that you will find some of the new ideas useful and we are always looking for more ideas and contributions from our community.

Please feel free to drop a line to hello@feltmakersireland.com.

For those of you who have already renewed your membership and those new members who have paid up and joined, a BIG THANK YOU. Your support and contributions help to grow and promote the craft of felt making and enable the voluntary committee to run events and plan for our crafting future.

We hope to see many of you at Sunday Sessions in the Park, at the upcoming basic and beyond workshop on Feb 23rd and at international tutor led workshops which are in the planning for later in the year- watch this space!

I know that I am currently trying to get a piece together for submission (for independent evaluation) for the Finnish “Touch of Red” exhibition. We really do hope that many of members will submit pieces to help promote our wonderful craft and the expertise of our community.

Please see two new web pages of interest; The Community Resource page, here we outline places to find supplies/ tools/ fibre. None are affiliated with felt makers Ireland; however we personally have found them a useful resource.

The 2nd page is our Learn page; here we will list upcoming workshops and plans for tuition. If you are a paid up member, we invite you to submit your details of events/ workshops you run. We need to outline a disclaimer as these workshops are not run by Felt makers Ireland, however we know that that the wider community and especially crafters new to felting will enjoy many of these workshops around the country. Please submit your details to hello@feltmakersireland.com for inclusion on the website.

One last thing, I am still looking for felt making Friday tips! Submit your ideas again to hello@feltmakersireland.com for inclusion on our Facebook page on a Friday, and thank you once again to all those who have already contributed; you are Felt makers Ireland.

Have a happy, productive & crafty 2019.

Make a Hat Workshop, Beginners & Beyond.

We are hosting a Felt-making hat workshop on February 23rd 2019.

This is a 1 day course suitable for beginners & as a refresher. At the end of the day you will have your own felted hat!

Please complete the application form and send payment to secure your place. Would this make a great gift? treat yourself to a creative new year and a new skill!

The cost includes your fibre for the day. Take a look at the application form for a list of common household items you will need to make felt on the day. Questions can be directed to hello@feltmakersireland.com. We accept ET transfer, cheque and Postal orders.

We would love to see you there.

makeahatworkshop2019

 

An Interview with Wendy Bailye.

In August of this year Felt makers Ireland had the pleasure of hosting award winning Australian felt maker Wendy Bailye for a 3 day workshop, entitled “Fiffty shades of Grey”. This was a sampling workshop, the prime objective of which was to play with fibre and fabrics in a layering style to discover new ways of making felted textile.

We looked at surface textures and discovered the differences in speciality fibres such as hemp, silks, neps and proteins. We used silk chiffons and lightweight cottons in layering techniques, always in an experimental fashion, learning through our own exploration.

Wendy showed us a large section of samples from her vast portfolio. Many of her samples looked at surface design and stitch. Many of the class then went on to experiment with free- motion stitch on their own samples.

It was a very enjoyable and relaxed workshop in, held in Portmarnock. Three days of experimentation that resulted in each student producing a small library of samples.

 

I reached out to Wendy, now that she is back in her native Australia to ask her about her own work. I hope you enjoy her responses:

Tell us a little about you as a person? 

I have always been a maker. My mum was a very creative soul and I have many happy memories doing classes and working creatively from a very young age. It was a very “1970’s upbringing” with experiments in, copper enamelling, Ikebana, macramé, drawing to name a few.

I trained as a Secondary Home Economics Teacher, doing a lot of textile work, and then I went on to train in Special Education with Art as a major. I have also worked as a restauranteur, a caterer and gallery owner as well as opening an organics store. A very varied career! I have been a full time, professional felt maker for 12 years.

 

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

I started felting 25 years ago. A friend and I made hats for our children and then felted together for a while. I became addicted to the medium immediately.

Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

My main interest is in surface design and technique innovation, I like to play with a “big canvas” so I make a lot of large wraps.My artwork originates from the heart and my hands often do their work without thought.

 

A miraculous dance of sorts, moving in unison and independently of the conscious mind. The shaping and fulling of wool is so dependent on this connection of heart and hands. There is something very special about wool, it has such unique properties.

What currently inspires you?

I am inspired from within, my inner landscape in combination with the never- ending inspiration of colours, textures and patterns in the outer world.

I am planning a trip back to the UK in 2020 this travelling and connecting with people and places deeply informs my work. Especially the connections made with other artists working thoughtfully in their chosen careers.

 

I am fortunate to be able to assist others to develop their creativity- a vocation like no other and very necessary in today’s complex world.

You can learn more about Wendy Bailye on her www.wendybailye.com/ Facebook: The Felt Studio and Wendy Bailye and Instagram is #wendybailye and also #wildthingstextileart

Thank you so much to Wendy, both for the wonderful workshop earlier in the year and for taking the time to share these unique insights with us, perhaps we will meet again on your next international tour.

 

 

Have you felt my fleece?

So this year we have had the Sloth and the ubiquitous Unicorn on seemingly every piece of kids clothing, decoration and even in the shape of doughnuts and milkshakes!

Summer 2018 brought us the flamingo, a happy go lucky fellow but fleeting as the Irish summer… Now here comes the Llama as the trendiest animal of the year!

If you have kids who play “fortnight” on xbox or playstation you may over hear them referring to the fellow- as one of the quests is to search for the purple llamas, to claim a high score.

Slogans have begun appearing everywhere- don’t be a drama llama, what’s your prob llama?  And this cute and cuddly if a little ugly beast is having a “moment” in fashion.

What has all this got to do with the price of wool? Well… exactly that- Llama wool can be used in felting… and its smaller eared cousin is the Alpaca!

Alpaca V Llama

I overheard Gladys Paulus at the March- Seed Pod Workshop- say that Alpaca was one of her favourite fibres. I’ve since bought some on world of wool- alpaca

I see that world of wool also have baby llama fibre world of wool -llama I would love to hear your experiences. How do they compare? In wet and needle felt.

The drama Llama definitely has my vote as the trendiest animal of 2018; Why? Its simple- have you ever tried to felt with the fleece of unicorn!