Fiber + Paper + Ink
Fiona Duthie, Instructor
June 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Material Fee: $80
Fibre + Paper + Ink explores in depth the layering and design opportunities of these three wonderful mediums. Paper and Ink incorporated with more traditional felting fibers opens up new possibilities in material options and surfaces. Paper adds unique sculptural and tactile qualities to our felt, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We study sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for its use on fibers like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. By creating a variety of display samples and a shawl, or larger wall hanging, we’ll look at how these mediums can be applied to garments, accessories and sculptural work.
For intermediate feltmakers. Knowledge of basic feltmaking and a curiosity in exploring new materials is essential.
Day 1: Fibre + Ink: Study of sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for its use on fibers, like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. Sources creating washes and beautiful shades of greys. Fixing for wash fastness. We make a series of fabric and prefelt samples for use in future projects plus a finished scarf.
Day 2: Fibre + Paper: Adding ink to our scarf project from Day 1. Study in types of paper that can be used in feltmaking. Similarities in papermaking/feltmaking. Felting methods best used when felting with paper. We’ll make a small sample plus a small wall hanging.
Day 3: Fibre + Paper + Ink: Adding ink to our project from Day 2. Combining all three elements. We make a small wall hanging with dimensional properties, incorporating some of our fibre samples from Day 1. Discussion on applications for these materials, shaping possibilities and final finishing.