filzfun: Issue 62 spring 2019
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 able to contribute in the shape of hand-felted drays. In a detailed step-for-step instruction she teaches us how