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filzfun: Issue 49
winter 2015/2016

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Colorful, diverse and always inspiring, that is how the creative world of felt making presents itself in our winter issue 2015/16. Passion and enthusiasm for felt, its possibilities and its joy in general were noticeable on each day at the felt festival in Berlin, which we report about.
The cover moves us with a blazing red ensemble of a cap, a scarf and cuffs. They are made by Bettina Kübler, who dedicates herself to unique headpieces that turn every woman into a hat person who stands out from the crowd.
The unadulterated and raw beauty of her home island Iceland inspires Anna Gunnarsdóttir for her awarded felt objects. Biota and even the seasons are represented in her perfect designed felt creations, with original shapes and fantastical surfaces.
For Delia Grimm the name of her studio »Augentrost« says it all: Her fine, poetic, even fairytale-like creations touch our souls and hearts and are balm for our tired eyes that are usually overwhelmed by the daily picture intake.
Margit Mederich makes interior accessories of raw wool and wants to create something with meaning and soul with her label »Felt Indie«.
In the creation process of Judit Simon art and sustainability are core aspects. The Hungarian fashion designer felts with old handicraft techniques, combines her materials with modern methods and artful patterns and turns it all into a contemporary form.
They stay in good memory: The life-size sewed figures by textile artist Stefanie Alraune Siebert, that she presents in droll arrangements and who amuse and irritate.
Textile installations by Janet Echelman cause a sensation also, by expanding over intra-urban space and invite to think about the entanglement of visible as well as invisible structures.
Next to a review of the American felt event Felter’s Fling, we also report on three worth-visiting exhibitions. In Berlin one could visit felt in small

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format, and the exhibition »ViewingyDirection: Neglect« presented three artists and their take on the topic dementia. The annual final exhibition in Oberrot showed again how rewarding and joyful it is to join into the adventure of felt. The participants of the workshops by Anneke Copier, Dagmar Binder and Regula Zähner could carry many treasures back home with them.
Felt as the perfect ambassador for international understanding: This was the denominator of the German- Russian felt meeting this autumn in Cologne. Felt was the virgin soil for seven fine artists of Chile, who were asked to create a felt object for an exhibition within an art project. And they succeeded brilliantly.
Sandra Struck-Germann visits homes for the elderly often, to felt with them, some of them diagnosed with dementia. Her experiences are very touching.
István Vidák went on the trail of the traditional producing of felted carpets in Uzbekistan. And he came back with many impressions and encounters.
Those of you who would like to get into action after all this reading material, can start with a scarf in fine nuno felt technique with the instruction by Ruth Baumer. The scarf could also be a very nice present...

     

Table of Contents

Spectrum

  • Out of the Felt and Textile Scene

Events

  • Felter’s Fling – A Great Thing
  • The Right Time for Felt
  • Felt Fashion Show Berlin

Exhibitions

  • Small But Nice
  • Memory Loss has a Face
  • With Our Hands‘ Work

Workshops

  • Felting for Architecture
  • Felt, Soled and Laced
  • Felting with Glee

Readers Gallery

  • Snuggle Felt

Artist’s Portraits

  • Bettina Kübler
  • Delia Grimm
  • Anna Gunnarsdóttir
  • Margit Mederich
  • Alraune Siebert
  • Janet Echelman

Projects

  • Felt and Seven Artists in Chile
  • Felting in an East-Western Dialogue

Sustainability

  • Old Art, New Fashion – Dittafelt

Therapy

  • From Felting to Self-Awareness

Felters Journey

  • Arabian Nights in Uzbekistan

Tutorial

  • A Beatiful Nuno Felt Shawl with Flower Twines

 
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