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24th July-29th July 2017

'Felted landscapes'
Valérie Wartelle.

2018 Course listing coming soon.

Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th July
Taking the rural environment as our inspiration, we will explore texture, colour and form to create contemplative and ethereal felted wall pieces. Showing a contemporary approach to the traditional craft technique of wet felting, we will go through the creative steps and the techniques I use, when creating my own artwork. We will start by exploring how marks and textures can be made using felting, which will help plan your main artwork. You will then work from your chosen starting point such as a photograph, sketch, collage, etc. Gradually you will develop your composition in fine layers, applying wool fibres, silk threads and fabrics inserts as you would paint. Additional details will be worked in, using photo transfer and/or machine stitching.
Materials, including prefelt, silk fabric and fibres will be available for purchase. A list of equipment and materials required will be sent out for students wishing to bring their own.
Felted Landscapes VALÉRIE WARTELLE is an award winning fibre artist whose main fascination lies within the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form. Brought up in France and French Polynesia, Valérie originally came to the UK to study textile design, and pursued a career in the fashion industry for many years. In recent years she returned to her first love of textiles and she is now a widely exhibited artist working and living in West Yorkshire.


Course Cost for 3 days £123.
Non Refundable Deposit £50.