Felt Art – Wet Felting
- Tutor, Sarah Waters
- Autumn Term -Thursdays – Sept 22, 29, Oct 6,13,20, Nov 3,10,17,24, Dec 1
- BUY Term Autumn
- Spring Term -Thursdays – Jan 12,19,26, Feb 2,9,16,23, Mar 2,9,23
- BUY Term Spring
- 10am – 4pm
What level of experience is needed for this course?
This course is suitable for any level, from beginners to advanced.
Sarah Waters is an experienced, international artist and tutor, who works with fibres to create large scale wall hangings.
Sarah will be teaching you how to ‘paint’ with fibres to produce fabulous pictures, and using prefelts (half made pieces of felt) and fabrics (nuno) within the art of feltmaking. You will focus on design and colour mixing of the fibres, cutting and layering techniques to produce samples and a finished collage.
During the ten sessions Sarah will be there to guide you through each of the processes and will take time to discuss your individual ideas, developing your skills at your own pace. All materials will be provided but if you have any extra fabrics or threads you would like incorporated then please do bring along (natural ones like silk or cotton are best). You might also want bring a picture, photo or a drawing to help inform your pieces.
First Half of Term
Week 1 Introduction
Sarah will introduce you to basic wet felting techniques and to the variety of fibres and fabrics used. You will be able to discuss and handle the samples and try out some of the different techniques throughout the day. There will be plenty of time for discussion and experimenting.
Weeks 2 – 5 Technical Skills
Each day will start with a new technical skill exercise. Then drawing on some of the previous skills and samples Sarah will guide you through the process of starting to create your own textile art piece. Students will continue to work independently with support from Sarah throughout each week. For those that have attended any previous courses you will have the opportunity to push your skills to a much deeper level, taking advantage of the small class size and the individual guidance from Sarah. We will also work with various topics to help you focus your ideas and push those of you with more experience.
Second half of Term
Week 6- 10 Individual Projects with Overview and Debrief
During the second half of the term, you will be working on your own individual piece, inspired by a picture, photo or drawing. You will use the knowledge and techniques learnt in the first half of the term to achieve your desired outcomes. There will be time in the afternoon for Sarah to discuss your ongoing projects and we will explore each other’s finished work learning how to develop any future ideas.
Students will need to bring:
- Pen and paper
- Camera/phone (optional) for visual reference
- Photo, picture or drawing for inspiration
- Sharp scissors
- Apron (optional) feltmaking isn’t messy but you may get a little wet
Sarah is very happy to answer any questions prior to the workshop Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
and see her work at www.sarahwatersartist.com