Feltmaking is growing in popularity. As felting methods advance, they are often combined with other textile techniques.
In this workshop students will learn how felt can be pleated and resist-dyed like fine silk using shibori techniques, how gossamer felts can be made lighter and lighter, how felt is sculptured into three-dimensional forms that incorporate multiple layers, and how the boundaries of felt are being challenged.
Students will also have a hands-on opportunity to explore the many new aspects of feltmaking. Emphasis will be placed on creating images and colour on the felted surface and creating textures in the finished felt.
Students will use rovings and pre-felts, as well learn how to incorporate other textile structures such as weaving, knitting, or crochet into their feltmaking. Several of the pieces will be dyed during the workshop. The use of multiple resists to create sculptural or wearable pieces will be discussed. Each day as students learn new techniques, they will complete two or more small projects.
Some previous feltmaking experience or a prior basic felt workshop is required.
Rene Evans was born and educated in New Zealand. Rene Corder 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 felt making. In 1996 she was introduced to the Fashion Design Program at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), graduating with a Diploma of Fashion Design in 1999. From 2001 to 2012 Rene was a Textile Instructor within the Fashion Design Program at UFV. She divided her time between creating one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, teaching weaving at the university level, and her career as a business administrator, enjoying the challenges of all three. In 2012 Rene retired and now she spends time in New Zealand and Canada and is finding more time for textile arts.
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