Nuno felting creates an extremely versatile fabric to accommodate many different uses.
The Japanese word nuno means cloth. In this Japanese inspired workshop you will create beautiful nuno felt fabric for shawls, scarves or other wearables, or for domestic uses, like wrapping cloths. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths traditionally used to wrap and/or transport goods.
You will explore the rich textural qualities offered by the nuno felt technique and learn how to transform the felted surface using woven cloth to add structure and shape to fine felted fabric.
Guidance with tutor-led sampling exercises will help you develop an awareness of colour and texture in the felted surface through mark-making and layering of materials. Three-dimensional methods of pleating and stitch resist will be taught.
The aim being to encourage and enable you to develop a personal approach with confidence. Use these skills to create something special to wear, as a stylish art piece or use as elegant wrapping as an ecologically friendly alternative to wrapping paper.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Liz Clay is a practitioner and researcher of hand made felt, specifically working within haute couture and innovating felt making techniques. She studied textiles at Bath School of Art and Design. Her PhD investigates the creative potential of British 'waste' wool for fine craft felt making. Author of Nuno Felt, she teaches and exhibits internationally. Work is held in the collections of Givenchy, Balenciaga, the Crafts Council and Bradford College Textile Archive.
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