Fiona Duthie, Instructor
June 16-18, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Material Fee: $0
Storytelling in Felt, Surface Design and Composition…a beautiful trinity for adding dimension and depth to your felt making, whatever your style. This class is about approaching your felt in a new way; developing your own creative voice in your work. While we cover many techniques, it is a class about creative process, ideas and inspiration. We cover a broad range of strong surface design techniques and discuss using these as metaphors, adding our own narratives to our felt. We then look at how to use these elements in combination to create aesthetically pleasing compositions using design theory; focal point, line, balance, form and scale. Because these ideas can be brought to every type of felt making, the class has an open choice of project, as a canvas for participants to explore these techniques further while refining their design and felting process. Past participants have made small garments, felt bags, wall hangings, and vessels. Guidance will be given to each participant in the construction of their project as well as the development of their individual narrative in felt.
Day 1: Discussion and demonstration in Surface Design and Composition: fabric manipulation; resist forms; spikes and complex cords; nuno inclusions; carvings and lace; raised prefelts; focal point, line, balance form, emphasis, contrast and scale. What to include and what to remove and in what combination to create an aesthetically pleasing design. Project planning, developing narrative, selected metaphors, physical construction and individual consultation.
Day 2 and 3: Open project. The emphasis of this project is for the student to bring these new techniques into their own felt making process, whether they make garments, accessories, sculptures, wall art or interior design pieces. Continuing discussion on the use of metaphor, surface design and composition, as well as refinements to the felting process. Final review of techniques.
Full instructional online teaching materials are provided for each participant.
Intermediate and Advanced Felt Makers will experience new techniques and ways to approach their own felt making practice.