filzfun: Issue 49
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