Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch live and work in a tiny village on the Finnish border with Russia. Karoliina has been a full time textile artist and a felt maker for more than 20 years, and recently has begun to teach classes about the techniques she has developed, and used during her professional life. Roderick Welch has a background in Arts, Crafts, and Three-dimensional Design. Meticulously mentored by Karoliina, he very quickly developed his own, distinctive style, adapting designs and imagery from other mediums into felt. “Felting is such a ‘free’ medium to work with, fashioned by the senses rather than calculation. The felt works are strong, in both structure and design, thick and firmly felted to create a highly decorative and durable felt, using traditional ‘Wet-felting’ methods. Quality is the other important aspect and like all things in feltmaking, is achieved by touch and intuition, not by formula.”

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