filzfun: Issue 60 summer 2018
will be published on August 30, 2018
Felting is pure magic: Through movement alone, loose wool fibers turn into a firm texture that can be brought into any desired form and used in many more different ways than any other material, – for witches’ and wizards’ headgear, for instance. The cover of the filzfun fall issue shows such a hat with mushroom gills made by Kathrine J. Koprowski, who specializes in magic headgear. Please find more bewitching specimen by the American artist in this issue.
Headgear of a different kind was made in courses held by Gladys Paulus in Oberrot and Vienna: huge animal masks ranging from unicorn to raven. Gudrun Bartenberger-Geyer’s wearable sculptures, on the other hand, envelop the body like a cocoon or like an exoskeleton: Garments that turn the wearer herself into an object or art and subtly change with every movement. Opposed to that, Yvonne Zoberbier dedicates herself to the unclothed female body. From fine, off-white wool she makes female torsi and heads with the felting needle. They were on show during several exhibitions already, as were here ravishing mini busts with tailored corsages in various historical style. How these tiny works of art are made the Leipzig-based artist explains in richly illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Natali Shvets from the Ukraine specializes in felt garments and accessories and holds courses all over Europe. Exclusively for our filzfun readers she has designed a shawl in mixed material which can be easily re-made if you follow the detailed instructions.