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Workshop | Felting: From Fiber to Function with Adrienne Antonson

Aug 8 10:00 AM - Aug 9 5:00 PM


Registration is required.


In this 12-hour class, participants will learn the basics of felting from Brooklyn-based artist Adrienne Antonson, founder and lead designer of the clothing label STATE, and Fashioning Cascadia Artist-in-Residence, July 29 - August 9, 2014. Focusing on the wet-felting technique, participants will experiment with making their own textiles using various fleeces including locally-sourced wool and Alpaca. Drawing from her experience living and working on an alpaca farm on Vashon Island, Washington, Antonson will the demonstrate the intricacies of fiber structure, processing, and felting using Nuno and needle felting techniques. By the end of the course, participants will learn how to create seamless felt pieces in addition to exploring more ambitious 3D forms and alternative techniques.

Friday, August 8 - Saturday, August 9, 10am - 5pm
The Lab at MoCC
Registration and Information.

DAY ONE will consist of an introduction to fiber: an overview of its structure, a review of the intricacies of various types of fiber and fiber blends, and hands-on demonstration of wet-felting processes. Participants will create swatches using various fibers. DAY TWO, participants will continue their introduction to wet-felting by creating a sculptural bowl. Each participant will receive instruction to begin an independent felting project.

GOALS: In this workshop, participants will get a full-understanding of the life of felt, from shearing to finished product. The course will introduce the basics of wet-felting using Nuno and needle felting techniques, exploring the intricacies of the medium. By the end of the course, participants will be able to create their own seamless felt pieces.

OUTCOMES: Participants will produce multiple felted swatches using various fiber blends including locally-sourced wool and alpaca. Each student will create a sculptural bowl during the class, and receive instruction on beginning their own individual project to create a felted sculpture, decorative object, or accessory.

ARTIST BIO: Adrienne Antonson is a mixed-media sculptor and designer. After living and working on an alpaca farm in the Pacific Northwest, she began incorporating the use of natural fibers in her sculpture as well as her apparel designs. Her clothing label, STATE, is based in Brooklyn, New York. It uses local manufacturing and sustainable materials, and is available online and in Seattle at Nube Green. She is also the Marketing + Retail Manager at the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn.

REGISTER: Through Pacific Northwest College of Art Continuing Education, Information TBA.