by - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Rene Evans

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.


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.

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