Painting with Fibres

90 TUTOR: Kathie Barrs

This course offers a taste of the traditional craft of wet felt making. Using fibres of merino wool in a wonderful range of colours, you will create felted fabric landscapes and skyscapes with just your hands and warm soapy water. There will be three different projects introducing the techniques of nuno felting, where silk fabric is incorporated into the wool felt, as well as pre-felt cut out and free fibre layout. You do not need to be artistic. Felt making is a simple process and with friendly, supportive tuition and structured projects, everyone will take home three pieces of woolly art.

Course Notes

Using fibres of merino wool in a wonderful range of colours, you will create felted fabric landscapes and skyscapes with just your hands and warm soapy water. Kathie is an experienced tutor and felt artist, with many years of experience working with 'the fluffy stuff'. She is a member of the International Felt Makers Association, and has completed a City and Guild qualification in Design and Textiles (Felt).

Monday

We'll begin with a brief history of felt making, along with a simple explanation of the science behind the process. After watching a demonstration showing how to make felt, each student will produce several pieces of prefelt - early stage felt fabric - in a range of landscape colours in preparation for our project on Day 3.

Tuesday

We'll use a resist to make a 3D vessel/vase in woollen fibres which we'll decorate with silk fabric and fibres - a technique known as nuno felting - to create a landscape that will run around the pot.

Wednesday

Using the prefelts that we made on Day 1, students will learn a cutout technique to create a scene based on inspiring landscape photographs.

Thursday

Dramatic skies offer a wonderful opportunity to create a picture from loose fibres. With the help of a photograph for reference, we'll lay out the wool to build evocative, haunting images and then felt them to produce a final piece of artwork.

Friday

On the last day, students will be able to choose one of the techniques they've learned to work on a project of their choice.

Students need to bring a waterproof apron.

Course Tutor

Kathie Barrs

Kathie Barrs

About Kathie

Kathie is a qualified teacher, and now works as an artist and tutor in the ancient craft of wet felt making. Having studied with and worked alongside renowned felt making tutors, she has completed the City and Guild qualification in Design and Textiles (Felt) and is a member of the International Felt Makers' Association. Kathie spent a year in Florence, studying at the Florence Academy of Art, and loves introducing students to the fascinating craft of felt making with its magical transformation of loose woollen fibres into beautiful textiles.

Kathie's work can be found at https://kathiebarrsfelt.com

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM