Heritage day event

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/felted-bunting

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It would be lovely to see our members on the day! Familiar faces and fancy felters, to help guide new beginners in the art & craft of  this past time from past times- that is felt making.

Thank you again for all your contributions already to our wonderful bunting! If you haven’t already submitted a piece of your work- a triangle of bunting then this is your chance! Come along, drink tea, eat buns and show your skills.  This is an extra long felting session- replacing our normal Sunday session…

We will be using this bunting for decorating our stand at the knit & stitch- your piece is vital. Your skills are welcomed and we would love to see our valued members pass on their skills to new comers.

Interview: Pam de Groot

 

Fully ChargedThis spring I decided to take my first on line course with a textile artist. I enrolled with Pam de Groot on her- “Surface form and Space- April 2019” course.

Pam de Groot is an Australian textile artist who teaches at home and internationally.

The quality of Pam’s online tutorials, her teaching methods, videos and her clear instruction has all helped. The course was easy to follow and I have learnt so much. It was also really beneficial to be able to be part of a workshop in my own time and on my terms. Never feeling exhausted because I could choose when it suited me to work -and I still have access to the tutorials for the next 6 months, so I hope that I will have a chance to re-watch and really solidify the learning.

At first I was concerned that I wouldn’t feel “part of a group” but in fact all fears have been alleviated by Pam’s swift and direct response to questions and queries. As well as that, the community atmosphere generated by fellow felters regularly posting photos of their work and process helped to motivate me.

I have looked forward to my Friday mailbox when I would have my treat of “the next lesson”. Now that this course has finished, I am a little sad, but eagerly looking forward to my next opportunity to take a workshop. My biggest learning in fact has been to discover a new found discipline. Keep up the working habit, felt weekly, and felt better.

Pam has very kindly agreed to take part in an interview for Felt makers Ireland. We will also stay in touch and I hope that with a European Tour on the horizon for 2021 that Pam might plan a visit to Ireland, when maybe I ( and we) will be lucky enough to meet her in a face to face in a workshop scenario!

Tell us a little about you as a person? Upbringing/ where you work/ work other than felt etc

I come from a background in Studio Ceramics and also Primary Infants teaching. I moved to textiles when my children were small as it was more forgiving. Children need you right then and there and I could drop and pick up the work when time allowed.
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How and when did you start Felting… tell us a little about your journey with felt?

I was introduced to a textile group by a friend and we experimented with many different media. Felting being just one. I loved the felt and how its transformational qualities reminded me of the clay.  I slowly had a couple of very beginner classes and then worked on my own for some years occasionally taking a class with those I really respected and admired. I particularly think my work took a new turn after a class with Marjolein Dallinga. Her approach in walking into the unknown really resonated. I haven’t looked back. From beginning this around 18 years ago I have changed my methods and built a wealth of knowledge around wool.

What is your felting process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

I have really tried most things felt over the years, but more recently I am drawn to work in sculptural felt. I am using the felt as my medium for self expression. Each year the work becomes less about the techniques (though they are there too) and more about the concepts. The flexibility of the wool never disappoints me. It teaches me so much every time I venture somewhere new. I am always its student.

I have been teaching locally here in Australia and abroad for many years now and have in the last couple of years begun teaching online also. I am really enjoying this new way to share and develop the interest of so many the world over.

What currently inspires you?

I am currently creating work which is delving into my own world of personal feelings and emotions around family, friends and relationships. I feel these are topics that we all share and relate to. A common thread, a connection. I have a couple of works that will be part of a travelling exhibition next year, and I am quite proud of the work and the story they tell. Sorry!! no images of those pieces yet but they will be released later in this year.

Pam signs her email with the following quote, which I think gives all of us who are not quite at her stage of mastering this fine art of felt making, a little hope…

“Every artist was first an amateur”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can get more information on Pam de Groot on her social media platforms.

https://www.facebook.com/pamdegroot.fibreandtextileart

https://www.instagram.com

http://pamdegroot.blogspot.com/

You will also find regular updates on her website of upcoming on-line workshops- and these I can now personally recommend!

http://www.pamdegroot.com/

Thank you Pam for taking the time to answer our questions and supply your highly inspirational photographs. Looking forward to your travelling exhibition and your European tour in 2021- watch this space fellow members!

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Interview with Anna Gunnarsdottir

Anna Gunnarsdottir is a textile artist from Iceland with many many years’ experience in felt making. Felt makers Ireland will be hosting a 3 day workshop in Early October 2019. The focus will be on large sculptural felt. The application form for this workshop is below. We anticipate that this will be a very popular workshop. Members will be given preference and in the event of over subscription a draw will be made. 12 places are available.

Ahead of travelling to Ireland we asked Anna a few questions about herself and her work.

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

My name is Anna Gunnarsdottir. I am a Textile Artist residing in Akureyri, Iceland. I studied Textile Design in my home town, Akureyri. I then went on to study leather work and sculptural felt making in Denmark for one year. I have worked with my art for more than 35 years. Now I run my own workshops and a gallery in Akureyri.

My work has been exhibited in various countries such as Australia, USA,

Germany, UK, Sweden and France.  I’m lucky to have won International awards in Los Angeles USA and South Korea.

I now teach felt making and am lucky to be able to travel to many countries like USA, UK, Australia and Germany.

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

I focus on traditional felt making technique; however I try to combine it with a contemporary and fresh approach. My signature style of felting has a strong sense of Scandinavian and minimal art.

My work is inspired by Icelandic nature which is absolutely unique. Based on the idea of light and shadow I create large sculptures and 3D wall pieces for both indoor and outdoor use.

All my work is hand-felted from Icelandic wool with soap and water. I use only my hands and no machine. When the work is ready and I am satisfied with my work, I use a method to stiffen in order to hold the proper shape.

Some times I use other materials together with my felt, such as fish line,  wire, willow  and/or stones for extra decoration.

What currently inspires you?

All my work is inspired by the Icelandic nature which is unique and splendid. The shell form is very imp[orant to me and close to my heart. I use it in various sizes, all the way from a small brooch to a lamp to a big sea-shell.

I have been making this shell-form for more than 20 years.

I will be teaching a large sculptural workshop in Ireland in early October 2019. I‘m really looking forward to it.

To find out more about me and my work you can visit my webpage.

annagunnarsdottir.com

Application forms for this international tutor workshop will be available later in the summer, ahead of her Oct 4th-6th workshop. Watch this space!

 

 

 

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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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

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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

Masterclass workshop: Leiko Uchiyama

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215

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

Masterclass workshop: Leiko Uchiyama

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215

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