The 100th edition of Felt Matters (formerly Echoes) was published in December 2010. The 40-page, full-colour journal has been the voice of IFA members since 1986 and began at a time when the art of feltmaking was virtually unknown in the West. IFA President Mary Burkett OBE helped to change the situation with her reports about felts from Mongolia and the Middle East in what was originally a typewritten newsletter.
Over the years, members have contributed articles on many topics from ethnographical felts and traditional skills, to experimental feltmaking and the creation of garments, accessories and large-scale installations.
Reports of workshops, symposia and international events regularly appear in the journal, as do reviews of books about feltmaking and related textile techniques. The importance of the IFA’s role to educate and inform is never forgotten, and we strive in the journal to bring you information on best practice from classrooms and community centres across the globe.
Felt Matters is published on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December and members always receive four copies of the journal each year. In order to allow time for posting, we check to see who is a member (and therefore will receive the next Felt Matters) on the 20th of the preceding month.
If you join the IFA and do not want to wait for your first issue of Felt Matters, you might be able to buy the current issue and some back issues at the IFA shop.