Using traditional nomadic feltmaking techniques, explore how to use colour and pattern to make a unique hand rolled wool felt fabric from vivid richly dyed wool to display on a wall, floor or in a doorway.
In this workshop you are invited to explore multi-layered colour and pattern in wool felt to make a double-sided wall hanging. Felt has a long and ancient history of being used for carpets and wall hangings dating back 2000 years. You will explore how you can make your own thick hand rolled felt with traditional nomadic techniques, using vivid and richly dyed wool fibres to design and create your own felt wall or door hanging or even a small magic carpet that looks great whichever side is up. The felt can be embellished with felt balls, fringes and tassels to complete the work.
Over the three days of the workshop you will:
Explore how to develop design ideas with paper collage.
Learn how to lay colour and pattern in lose fibre.
Learn different ways of making felt and fulling the fabric.
Explore how to use colour and combine colour that works through all the layers of the felt.
Explore how to develop colour, pattern and design through samples.
Experiment and make larger thicker and double sided felt.
Investigate different ways to finish the edges of felt.
Make a finished piece of work to take home.
The emphasis of this workshop is to allow you to develop and articulate your own style, developed from working directly with colour and pattern in wool and hand rolled felt. At the end of the workshop you will have some paper collage designs, a number of smaller pieces of felt samples, and a finished piece for a wall, door or floor.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Please note you need to be reasonably fit to carry water and lift and manipulate a large piece of wet felt.
Victoria is a tutor with 30 years experience teaching millinery, feltmaking and Fine Art. She trained at Goldsmiths College, London College of Fashion and RCA. She has designed hats for Jean Muir. She was a pioneer of feltmaking in the 1980's,and has exhibited her work from Philadelphia to Kirgizstan, has work in the V&A fashion collection and written two books.