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filzfun: Issue 62 spring 2019

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Intricate structures and und eccentric costumes made by Marjolein Dallinga, heart-warming hand- and finger puppets by Katharina Thierer and worlds en miniature in a cup format as well as sturdy baskets and vessels by Maike Leja Breitlauch: The portraits of the felt artists in the spring issue of the filzfun once more demonstrate the mind-boggling range of creative possibilities that felt offers.
These ranges can traditionally be studied in the works of the graduates of the Oberrot felting school that celebrated a ten year anniversary in 2018. We report on the anniversary exhibit and show choice specimen of the objects on show. Apart from the two- to three-year-long felting education program »Fit in Filz«, many many exciting courses dealing with many interesting different felting techniques take place here and abroad. So Margit Röhm showed at Filzrausch in Göttingen how vessels like baskets or backpacks can be made in animal shapes such as dragons, birds or goats. True-to-life heads of sheep and cows were made in Paulien Sijtsema’s course in the studio Fiberfusing, and Susanne Christou shared her method to make hats from pre-felt in Oberrot.
Those interested in innovative dyeing techniques can learn from the expert Olga Kazanskaya how fabrics can be designed to serve as a unique basis for nuno felts involving the so-called Mediumprint process. Martina Schmickler, much committed to animal protection, has participated in a Facebook relief operation for orphaned squirrel babies, where many feltmakers were

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able to contribute in the shape of hand-felted drays. In a detailed step-for-step instruction she teaches us how such a substitute nest is made – items that are put to good use in many animal shelters.
The wooly curls of Wensleydale- und Teeswater sheep are much sought after by feltmakers. For this reason, we dedicate the installment of our series »Schafe & Wolle« (Sheep & Wool) by Yasmin Groß and Margit Röhm to these noble British sheep and their wool.
After reading our spring issue you can start entering the practical realm: The schedule includes more than 200 dates for courses and afternoon-workshops to felt education programs that last several days. Also many exhibits concerning textile and felt art are bound to kindle a lot of inspiration.

     

Table of Contents

Spectrum

  • Out of the Felt and Textile Scene

Events

  • Intersections in Felt
  • Feeling Felt

Exhibitions

  • Three Dozen Ways with Wool
  • Textile Art without Borders
  • Encounters with a Bite
  • Felt Expressions

Workshops and Education

  • It’s All in the Head
  • Simply Beastly!
  • Turbo Hats
  • Mandalas from Wood and Yarn

Artists’ Portraits

  • Marjolein Dallinga: Felt Sense
  • Katharina Thierer: A Colourful Fairy Tale World
  • Maike Leja Breitlauch: The Entire World
    in a Cup

Sheep

  • Wensleydale and Teeswater: Noble Curls

Technique

  • Textile Design with Mediumprint

Projects

  • F for Felt and Fantasy
    A Lace Ace
  • Wolly Nests for Squirrels

Tutorial

  • Felt your Own Squirrel Drey

Felting History

  • Felted Carpets from Georgia

 
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