ReConnect | Online Exhibition 2021
Welcome to the second online exhibition of the International Feltmakers Association.

This selected exhibition is made up of an eclectic mix of work by IFA members selected by a panel of judges who are experts in their respective felt specialisms.

Many of the works have been created by the artists at home during the global lockdown but the theme of the exhibition looks towards a future in which we will all reconnect with loved ones, nature, and our existing way of life.

The exhibition includes work from members of the IFA from all over the world. Artists from; Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Estonia, USA, Germany, Turkey and the UK have been selected to show work in the show.

To view each artist, please click on the image below and you will be taken to the artist’s page. There are 75 artists to see so please click along all 3 pages at the bottom to see them all.

Some artists also have links to their social media and websites so that you can view more of the work  or get in touch with them.

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Jill Lauriston

Title: Kantha Kaleidoscope
A kaleidoscope is a device that uses broken shards of glass to refract multiple images into a patchwork of colours.  Indian Kantha quilting was originally a way of re-using worn fabrics but the effect it creates is a vividly coloured kaleidoscope of fragments of cloth held together with simple running stitch.  This piece is essentially the same design as the one I made in Chris’ workshop but as it would not meet the criterion of being made in the last year, I rummaged through my collection of materials and found enough scraps to make another one.  I have been thinking about doing some Kantha work for a while, and this seemed the ideal way to put it into use, although it is purely decorative on this work and has no structural function. 


Materials and Techniques:  
Merino wool and silk or fabric pre-felted fragments were wet felted on to a black wool base, backed with muslin. (This is a technique I learned from Chris Lines a few years ago.) Some of the pre- felts I used contain sari silks complete with embroidery and beads and a few bits were made by other people (including a couple of tiny bits made by Sheila Smith!) When it was quite dry I then hand quilted over the piece on to black fabric using Indian Kantha stitch. It will either be mounted and framed or used as simple wall hanging for display, or perhaps made into a cushion cover.


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