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A cat or an octopus as headgear? American Rae Swon creates such extravagant creations with a felting needle. She is one of the felt artists we are presenting in the summer issue of filzfun – each with her very own signature. While Rae Swon specializes in naturalistic needle-felt sculptures, Chantal Cardinal processes raw wool into impressive works of art, and Petra C. Sommer designs and makes enchanting clothing using nunofelting techniques. As a special extra for filzfun readers, all three artists have prepared step-by-step instructions for a felting project: a wet-felted rose as a brooch, an oversized moth in needle-felting technique as a pendant and a colorful rooster as a doorstop and decorative element for the entrance to the house. → more
Through the filzfun spring issue runs a distinct thread – to be more precise, a colored thread. In several contributions we meet corals and other fascinating brightly colored maritime creatures. A whole “reef” from felted corals was made as a joint project initiated by the Dutch felt association ViltKontaktGroep, inspired by a crocheted sea installation by the sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim that is currently on show in Baden-Baden. The Dutch felt artist Saar Snoek is especially involved with the underwater wonderworld. Many of her objects are based on the overwhelming forms and colors of maritime organisms. She is much taken by the Nudibranchia, a sea slug, that she fondly calls „Nudis“: colorful sea slugs, similarly differing in shape and coloring as butterflies on land. One of them, a beautiful star sea slug, served as the model for an exceptional brooch, for which Saar Snoek is giving step-by-step instructions. Next to Saar Snoek we are pleased to introduce two other felt artists: Anna Vidák from Ungarn, who follows in the footsteps of her famous parents Mari Nagy und István Vidák, as well as Galina Blazejewska, a born Russian who lives in Poland now. Both have found their call in life in feltmaking. → more
This issue of filzfun aims to provide you not only with interesting and entertaining reading material, but also with ideas for your own activities. To this end, we introduce you to Mandy Nash from Wales, who wrote a book about felting bags during the Corona restrictions. Perhaps you'll feel like making the unusual fringed scarf that Mandy Nash describes in detailed instructions, or be inspired by the action of two northern Italian felters who populated an enchanted forest with more than a hundred hand-felted figures that children were then allowed to find and take home. Also in the portrait: Margit Röhm, who has been chairwoman of the German felting network for several months. She would like to have more time to realize all her plans for her own felt art, but also for the network of professional and hobby felters. → more
Ingenious corsages, expressive coats and delicate scarves by Natalia Ostrovskaya in felt: We portray the Moscovite artist. In further portraits please meet Brigitte Funk, Joke van Zinderen and Trudi Janker, one of the oldest active feltmakers in Germany. Detailed step-by-step instructions show the felting of a scarf in viscose strip technique and a sculptural snail shell in Funk’s Double Resist Technique.
The Woolly Felters www.woollyfelters.com Roz Dace und Judy Balchin post photos in loving detail of the daily happenings of their felted mice community on Instagram and Facebook everyday. We are pleased to introduce the fun-loving sisters and their needle-felted images and figurines. The Hungarian-American artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács www.florafelts.com is much taken by the endless opportunities of the medium felt which she sets out to fathom in her work, and the German felt artist Ina Birke www.filzgewandt.de sets great store by perfect technique and quality. Anke Jacobi-Culemann www.wollenaturfarben.de describes in detail how the sun’s power can be
used to dye fibers and fabrics. In a step-by step instruction Dina Elmani-Zanka www.filzreich.at shows us how to make her funny crayon monsters, an ideal present or accessory for a kid’s school bag. Because in Corona times no classes can be held like before many lecturers have resorted to offering online courses for the time being. Dagmar Binder www.textillabor.de and Susanne Schächter-Heil www.wollwerkerin.de tell us about their overall favorable experiences with digital teaching. → more
In this spring issue we present romantic felt fashion by Erika Graf, filigree sculptures by Molly Williams and minimalistically reduced felt art by Sabine Köhlert. The felto Filzwelt Soltau looks back on five years of successful project work, and the Austrian artists‘ collective wollmodus brought into being an aid project titled „Tor der Hoffnung" (Gate of Hope) that resulted in an impressive wall hanging made from dozens of felted squares. In her detailed instructions Carola Zeiger shows step-for-step
how the felted cover for a meditation cushion is made. Meike Raßbach reports on two interesting workshops held by Charlotte Sehmisch and Heidi Greb and we keep you informed about the first international feltmakers‘ meeting online with more than 260 participants worldwide, organized by Corinna Nitschmann. → more