Monday, June 14, 2010

Workshop: Feltmaking

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
Full listings are now up.

Feltmaking
Rene Evans

$225 (Includes $70 Lab Fee) - Two full days

October 30, 31 (Sat - Sun) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 14

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

Felt is one of the oldest known forms of manipulated fibre. Felting appears coincidental with animal husbandry and produces a range of items from clothing and toys to sculpture, tents, and even industrial tools. Often an art and tradition of nomadic peoples, felting is making a worldwide resurgence and is gaining recognition.

In this two-day, project-oriented workshop, students will explore the many aspects of felt, from three-dimensional hats, boots, and bags to warm felt coats and lightweight, gossamer “nuno” felts. Students will learn basic feltmaking techniques by creating a sample binder of felts of different weights and felts from different wool fibres. Students will select a final project which can be a 3D project (such as a hat, bag, boots), flat felt yardage, or “nuno” yardage (such as scarf or vest fronts). The techniques learned in the workshop can be applied to all felted projects.


RENE EVANS

Born and educated in New Zealand, Rene Evans has always had a love for fine wools. But it was not until she returned to weaving in 1995 that she developed a deep love and appreciation for the art of feltmaking. In 1996 she was introduced to the Fashion Design Program at University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV). In January 2001 she became the Weaving instructor within the Fashion Design Program at UCFV. From 1997 to 2002 Rene Evans served as the Exhibits Chair for Convergence 2002 Vancouver and sat as a member of the Steering Committee.

Student Supply List

A washboard (if you have one)
Plastic grocery bags for transporting wet felt
Rubber gloves
Please bring a bag lunch. All other materials provided.



The full course calendar is on the web. Registration opens June 21, 2010.


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