filzfun: Issue 46
The Spring issue 2015 offers a broad insight into the colorful and diversified world of feltmaking. The cover is graced by an absolute eye-catcher: a headpiece by felt artist Jessica de Haas. Jessica has been intrigued by body decoration and ornamentation in other cultures and she implements those inspirations in her label “Funk Shui” of bold and fashionable felt accessories.
Hella Boos works in a smaller dimension. Her sketch-like felt miniatures that combine collage techniques and mixed media techniques prove that one does not have to live without creative expressions in old age.
In Berta Knab’s studio she creates wall hangings, hats, and shawls, as well as abstract objects and extraordinary creations. The trained hand weaver came over a detour to feltmaking and is fascinated by the freedom and the unique form language of wool as a material.
Pam de Groot is from Australia, but she also has many fans in Europe. Her wonderful felt objects reflect her liking of forms and colors. Pam finds her inspiration in nature, often just in front of her house.
The sculpture training of Stephanie Metz, who lives in Silicon Valley, can be seen in her needle felt works. Stephanie likes to explore contradictions, the amorphous animal shapes, teddy skulls, and bone relicts, have caused a sensation many times at exhibitions.
In an idyllic place in Switzerland, Maya and Walter Stenz had their dream come true with «Centro Arte»: A workshop center close to nature with an inspiring atmosphere for creative encounters.
In an obituary we commemorate Mary E. Burkett, she was the impulse generator for the re-discovery of felt. She will be remembered as the «Mother of Felt» for many of us.
What would spring like without flowers! Beatrice Oettinger connects plant materials to blossoming dresses and the Canadian Nicole Dextras wants to sharpen our consciousness for sustainable behavior with her dresses made entirely out of flowers, leaves and branches.
Sustainability plays a huge part in the fashion industry currently. New thought-provoking impulses are being made by Art School ESMOD in Berlin.