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Felt art and design made from local wool types with DAGMAR BINDER
16 October - 23 October
In this workshop we want to explore possibilities of how you can use wool of your own production or locally prevalent wool types for felted art objects, wallhangings or interior design pieces.
Instead of purchasing wool from distant regions, we’d like to find out what you can achieve with regional materials, appreciate their quality and potential and contribute to encreasing the value of local raw materials by transforming them into felt art.
Based on my many years of experience and skills in sculptural felting I will give advice and support with the realization of your individual design ideas.
Students who prefer to use other types of wool are of course welcome, too, and can do the same with their favourite materials or types of fibres they are not familiar with so far and want to do more investigations in this direction.
The first 2 days will be dedicated to making samples and find out which will be suitable materials or wool (or other fibre) combinations for your project.
We want to see how different wool types react together in terms of shrinkage, colour, texture, formability and stiffness for 3 dimensional art pieces. With this collection of samples you will have a better knowledge of your materials and what kind of felt object they would be useful for.
A documentation of wool types, weight and dimensions will provide you with a sampler you can use as a base for many future felting projects.
After a free day, that you may spend just relaxing, reading, finding ideas or experimenting individually on the base of our sampling experience, we will have 4 days to realize a large scale wallhanging or, if you prefer smaller dimensions, you may also make several smaller ones or a set of objects referring to each other.
You will plan the general shape, dimensions, details and necessary resists for your project and together we will discuss how to proceed with the realization and which details need special attention. As each student would work on a personal project, the group can learn from a variety of versions and different technical details that might be implied.
As European wool types tend to be rather rustic and coarser then fine merinos, I suppose we should envisage a larger size of object, avoid tiny details and concentrate on:
– either colour and texture (contrasts) on a plain surface, could be like an abstract painting
– the combination (or confrontation) of flat areas and 3d elements on a surface
– or generous 3d surface structures, that create an interesting rhythm of lines, light and shadow effects or show colour effects looking at them from different angles
Possibly we would mostly work with the natural wool colours and see what we can achieve with them. Without using artificial colours, we can focus on expressive forms and help avoiding additional working hours with dying and potentially toxic proceedures.
(But of course, if you like, you are welcome to bring your own, maybe hand-dyed wool, or use coloured wool if you feel you need it for your desired design!)
Atelier du Bocage, in its co-working space, offers a 3m wide electric felt rolling machine which can be used to help us fulling large pieces of felt. A few sanders are avialable, too, which can replace manual rubbing in the prefelting stage and help connecting 3d elements to a surface more efficiently. You are welcome to bring your own sander.
I’m looking forward to an exciting week of experimentation and felt art, where we can unite our experience and skills to find more and better ways to make use of locally produced materials.