Austin Fiber Artists and Artist Barbara Attwell are bringing internationally known Irish Felter Nicola Brown to teach 2 classes here in Austin. Nicola is a member of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, FORM Designmade in Ireland, Feltmakers Ireland and Grima, she is currently joint custodian of international group Felt United with US felter Dawn Edwards. Nicola’s work is inspired by shapes from the natural world and the beauty of the rural Irish landscape.
During the first workshop we will learn a stress free way of creating nuno felt using the tumble dryer method. Because there is almost no rolling or rubbing involved, the workshop participants are free to concentrate on the design process, and will create a beautiful wrap or scarf. Once learned, this method can be used to also create clothing, yardage, and stunning interior accents.
In the second workshop we will discover how to create three-dimensional vessels or coin purses using the resist method of felting. Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of their favorite stash and Nicola will help them design one off pieces with them.
In case you are not well versed in the world of wool, felting is the process of tangling wool with warm water, soap, and lots of rubbing and rolling into strong, resilient works of art (think hats). Wool is beautiful, colorful and organic, but ultimately its magic is in its power as shape-shifter. And……great fun in a primordial soup kind of way. Best of all there is no harm done to the sheep – all it gets is a haircut!
Friday April 24: Nuno Wrap Class
Saturday April 25: Felted Vessel Class
TIMES: 10am – 5pm
LOCATION: Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas 78733
COST: $75 AFA Member, $100 Nonmember
Plus a $30 Materials fee for the Nuno class, $20 for the Vessel/Coin Purse Class
For an application: Marie Welsch – 512-422-6705
For questions: Barbara Attwell – 512.263.2054
Class size is limited to 12 per single workshop, and must be paid in full by April 14.
Note from CHH Webweaver: Nicola will also be in Houston to do an Eco Printing Workshop.