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March 2021

ReConnect – the IFA’s second online exhibition

27 March - 31 December

After the success of our first online exhibition in response to the global pandemic in 2020, the International Feltmakers Association is holding its second selected online exhibition of members’ work in 2021. The theme and title of the exhibition is ReConnect. The exhibition will launch on the IFA website on 27th March. We once again hope to showcases the variety and passion of feltmakers from across the globe. If you are an IFA member who would like to submit work…

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May 2021

LISA KLAKULAK, Sculpting Hollow Forms + Partial Felt Density

12 May - 15 May
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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To develop a hollow form, wool fiber is layered around a flat resist made from a material impenetrable by the fibers and once the fibers have entangled the resist is removed and the form fulled. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area (differential shrinkage) and directional fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms and forms previously unimaginable. Participants will make partially felted sheets of fiber in…

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LISA KLAKULAK Solid Form Felting Techniques + Claps and Closures

17 May - 19 May
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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Explore systematic construction techniques for solid felt forms: spheres, discs, barrels, hoops and cords allowing for controlled repetition or deviation of form. Learn graceful connection techniques for wet-felting these basic forms together seamlessly into unique clasps and closures and as well as their attachment to surfaces and edges. These techniques provide ample air space for shrinkage resulting in well-integrated surfaces that won’t pill. Students will also incorporate shapes cut from thick hand made partial felt to create more complexity of…

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CHRIS LINES in the south of France, felted collage design

27 May - 30 May
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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In this workshop we will cover the potential of multi-coloured pre-felts with the addition of dyed or printed fabrics and non-wool fibres (if desired) to build up a 'collaged' or layered design, which can also incorporate elements of stitch. We will cover techniques for making pre-felts and explore their potential, through cutting and layering of shapes to build up a design. We will make a series of sample pieces where we will consider aspects of colour theory, tonal contrast and…

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June 2021

CHRIS LINES in the south of France: cyanotype images for textile artists

1 June - 3 June
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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Chris Lines was born in Surrey, UK. Her training was in Fine Art (Painting and Sculpture) and she has practised in the field of Art and Art Education her whole working life. Over the last 19 years in her personal practice, Chris has specialized in the medium of felt, which has both art and craft applications and is intrinsically connected to the land through the use of sheep’s wool as a primary material. Chris works in a mixed media context,…

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Join the trainer HEIDI GREB, for a training about manual wool felt.

12 June - 16 June
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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During this training, you will learn to work from fleece, on a « round » surface. You can then orient yourself according to your choice, towards the manufacture of a seamless and sleeveless vest, or towards the manufacture of a carpet. This technique also allows to make smaller models and figurines, and you will give free rein to your creativity. The basic approach will be common to all projects: sampling and experimentation. The achievements of this preparatory phase can then…

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A Dream of Light and Fibres

19 June - 20 June
PHORMS Campus Berlin-Mitte, Ackerstraße 76
Berlin, 13355 Germany
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German Title: Mit Wolle gemalt - Vom Schaf zum Bild Solo exhibition of Susanne Weber as part of the international art fair Textile Art Berlin Playing with light, fibres and secrets – Susanne Weber creates poetic felt paintings from wool of numerous sheep breeds, plant fibres and tussah silk .

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July 2021

DAGMAR BINDER south of France Diversity – discovering new species in felt

17 July - 19 July
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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Choosing one specific approach to a felting project, we often don't notice how many other ways we could have gone from this point and come to different, often surprising results. This crucial moment implies an incredible potential for new discoveries, creative solutions and a rich source for learning more about the material and techniques we are using. We will take off for an exiting expedition: using only one type of resists we can explore a variety of ways to develop…

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DAGMAR BINDER south of France Wallhangings or felt objects inspired by botanical structures

21 July - 23 July
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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Workshop for experienced felters (3 days) Wallhangings or felt objects inspired by botanical structures In this class we will explore various possibilities of translating a natural object or structure into felt art. Students should please bring found natural artefacts (or photos of them) that will serve as an inspiration for your felt works. Day 1, we will have a close look at these models, find out which aspects are the most interesting for you and discuss suitable technique(s) for producing…

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August 2021

BOTANICAL PRINTING on FELT and WOOL with IRIT DULMAN

12 August @ 9:00 am - 13 August @ 6:00 pm
Atelier du Bocage 31, lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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Two Sessions eco-print on WOOL in the south of France summer 2021. Full Board, all included 2 days class "botanical printing on WOOL" (a 16h internship); Choose for AUGUST 12 and 13 or AUGUST 23 and 24 Wool is a very sensitive material and most close to human hair. In botanical printing it is better to keep techniques simple especially regarding mordants. You will learn what plants can be printed on wool with no mordants. We will explore several techniques…

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