Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
Lisa Klakulak, Instructor
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Material Fee: $40
Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, how the felt is cut to remove the resist and the direction of fulling, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area effects shrinkage rates and can provide more control to sculpt desired forms and forms previously unimaginable.
Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout to control shrinkage of specific areas through circumferential fulling. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms posture and presence.
$40 Material Fee includes:
- 6oz (170 g) merino wool fiber in a variety of colors
- Moroccan Olive Oil Soap
- an agitation mat
- resist material
- wire brushes
Disclaimer: Images are exemplary of the techniques to be learned and are not examples of projects to be completed during the course.