filzfun: Issue 45
winter 2014

The Winter issue of the filzfun takes you on a journey into the world of felt. Let yourself be taken to impressive studios of feltmakers, visit amazing exhibitions and read about exciting projects. It is time to meet inspiring people and their work.
The cover is graced by a creation of the Dutch felt artist Truus Huijbregts. Truus has her own sheep on her property and the beauty and quality of the raw and natural wool inspire her.
Anja van Dongen is also at home in the Netherlands. She deals with a subject that is pulsating but often blocked out: death. Next to other creations she produces urns and other remembrance objects, Anja knows how important it is to find a way to handle the loss of a beloved person. In her work she often cooperates with a ceramist.
With a colorful portrait of Inken Gaddass we try to fight against the grey of winter. Inken lives in England and she loves the fineness and softness of Merino wool. She embroiders her colorful creations often.
Natalya Brashovetska was born in the Ukraine and lives now on the beautiful island Cyprus. About five years ago she started to felt and can come up with a huge repertoire of clothes and accessories. Her specialties are fashionable shoes and boots that are made for daily use. The quality of her handmade creations is her first priority.
Gretel Parker is a designer and illustrator. Since she discovered needle felting, the animal figures of her children books turn into three-dimensional figures, that love to be cuddled.
Felt- and Paper-Art are not far from each other, as proven by the art of Marlis Maehrle. The filigree beauty of her paper art reflects the transparent airiness of felt.
Sustainability plays a big role at the “Revamp and Repair Studio” of Lisa Prantner in Berlin. The fashion designer criticizes the through-away mentality and the cheap consumption in the fashion world. She fights them with a new culture of revamping and repairing used things.


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We report from the textile market in Benediktbeuern and report about the 30 years of clothes art by Heike Reul. We also let you dive into three more exhibitions. The sculptural felt objects of the presentation “We felt – like crossing boarders ...” transgress the boarders of traditional felt making. They create a dialogue between metal and felt. The yearly graduation exhibition in Oberrot displays the versatility and quality of felt making. The workshop report gives an insight into a course with Anita Larkin who combines felt with other objects.
Dagmar Binder travelled to Bolivia and got inspired by the colors of the Andes to create impressive wall objects. Pascale Goldenberg initiated another cultural exchange with needle and thread: She asked Afghan women to embroider leave shapes that can transformed into creative works in Europe.
The felter Kathrin Wagener describes the quality of the wool of her Gute Sheep and István Vidák tells us about his felt excursion to Mongolia.
If you would like to be creative with your felting needle, try the instruction for Senftl the dachshund. He is an adorable resident of the petting zoo of Gretel Parker.


Table of Contents


  • Out of the Felt and Textile Scenel


  • Textile Treasures at the Alpine Upland
  • The Arrival of Color


  • Touched by Felt
  • Felt Art Meets Metal
  • Crossing Limits with Felt


  • Anita Larkin

Readers Gallery

  • Magic Winter Wonderland

Artist’s Portraits

  • Anja van Dongen
  • Inken Gaddass
  • Truus Huijbregts
  • Natalya Brashovetska
  • Gretel Parker
  • Marlis Maehrle


  • Colors of the Andes
  • New Rooms for Fiber Art
  • Forest for Ever


  • The Culture of Change


  • Beautiful Sheep – Gute Sheep

Journey of Felt

  • Mongolia in Four Etudes


  • 58 Mustard the Dachshund


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