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Call For Entry:: FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition

Image: Palace Yurt by Janice Arnold (USA) from the FIBER ART VII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition

The International Fiber Arts VIll  (July 28 – September 3, 2017 Sebastopol Center for the Arts ) is a juried exhibition presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art. Accepting both two or three-dimensional pieces including wearable and installation art.

The exhibition is held every two years at Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA). The Surface Design Association (SDA) is an important part of this venture which invites artists from all over the world to submit their work to this outstanding exhibition. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2017.

Prizes for the show include: $500 Best of Show, $200 Second Prize, the Surface Design Assoc. Award of Excellence and  membership to SDA Merit Awards

The jurors for the exhibition are:

Eszter Bornemisza from Budapest, Hungary, a well-known installation artist known for her unique use of recycled materials such as waste newspaper and cloth. www.bornemisza.com

Wendy Lugg: an internationally respected Australian artist, curator, writer and teacher. She has been Artist in Residence with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society since 2009 and was the past International Representative for Surface Design Association. www.wendylugg.com

Jason  Pollen: is an internationally renowned artist/educator. He served on the faculties of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design in New York, and Kansas City Art Institute. He was President of Surface Design Association for 16 years. Penland School of Crafts named him Outstanding Artist/Educator of the year in 2012. www.jasonpollen.com

To learn about how you can be part of this show and the requirements visit: http://www.surfacedesign.org/event/call-for-entry-fiber-art-viii-international-biennial-fiber-arts-exhibition/

The venue: The Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) www.sebarts.org is a unique arts organization in Northern, California. It’s mandate is to promote and inspire through the promotion of contemporary art, music, dance, film, and literary events. It also strives to educate and deepen the interest in the arts for adults, teens and children through workshops that celebrate the arts. Located 60 miles north of San Francisco, is one of America’s premier destinations, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

The Surface Design Association (SDA) began in 1977 in order to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions, and conferences. It’s members include makers and artists to academics and enthusiasts. Though the community is diverse, they share a common goal, the promotion and love of fibre arts. It’s quarterly publication, Surface Design Journal, keeps members informed and aims to provide opportunities for collaborations, mentorships, as well as raise the visibility of fibers and textile media in the contemporary art world and Encourage critical dialogue about fiber art. The SDA has a beautiful website and is well worth a visit offering information about upcoming exhibits and conferences.

To learn more about this association see: http://www.surfacedesign.org/about/mission-history/

Members Exhibition: Fiona Duthie At DHG in Italy

Fiona Duthie is an internationally recognized felt artist known for her innovative and detailed surface design. A storyteller at heart, she uses fibre as a metaphor to explore themes such as oceanography, geography and psychology. Looking at Fiona’s work can be compared to reading a poem several times, as with each viewing one discovers new aspects and nuances.

In her latest collection of wearable art, Fiona has designed the work to be manipulated by the wearer. This casts the wearer as a collaborator, as their movements change the significance and feel of the work. This brings an added dimension to Fiona’s storytelling as it allows the wearer to dictate the pace or timeline—the same way her outdoor sculptures are affected by the environment in which they are placed.

Whether creating outdoor works or smaller pieces, Fiona creates three dimensional forms using traditional felting methods. Sewing is only used at the end and primarily to add detailing. The majority of her work uses natural dyes and fibres which she feels adds to the narrative of each piece.

Fiona work has been exhibited in both public and private galleries in Canada, the US. New Zealand, Australia and the UK.  In March, her exhibit with Katia Mokeyeva, Sea States, will open at Spazio DHG Dye House Gallery in Prato, Italy on March 24.  The work in Sea States is an examination of how our inner lives can be compared to the ocean’s conditions: the movement of wind, swell, and current. The exhibition runs until May 26.

While in Prato, She will be giving a two-day workshop (March 26-27) entitled, Sea States Capelet. Here students will explore shadow felting, sumi-e ink work, raised prefelts and forms, and cordwork. To learn more see: DHG- Workshops-Fiona Duthie

From Italy, Fiona will be travel to the Shetland Islands to begin her month-long artist residency. She will be offering two felting retreats while there. There is one space available due to a cancellation, but don’t hesitate if you’re interested, it won’t last for long. Fiona is a popular instructor who has taught internationally and is known for her creativity and her ability to encourage her students in furthering their creative practice. To find out the details visit: www.fionaduthie.com/shetland-islands-felting-retreat

If you can’t make it to this workshop but would love to work with Fiona, consider taking one of her online courses. These workshops have a great one-on-one feel but you can take part no matter your location. She will be offering the next session of online classes this September.

To read more about Fiona’s work, visit her website:

www.fionaduthie.com/

In addition to her creative work, Fiona is the president of felt :: feutre canada and is devoted to building a national and international platform for emerging and established Canadian felt artists.

Exhibition at Ni Vu Ni Cornu Atelier & Gallery

Renowned Quebec fiber artist Marjolein Dallinga will be debuting her piece, “Melusine” in Éclat de Bonheur & Surtension an exhibit at Ni Vu Ni Cornu Atelier & Gallery in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec, running from February 17 to March 19, 2017. This show explores themes of intensity and derision. It includes work that pushes its form’s boundaries.

The vernissage is on Saturday, February 25 at 5:30 pm.

This exhibition is part of Manif d’Art 8  – The Art of Joy, a collaboration with the Quebec City Biennial, created with the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). It features the work  of 12 artists.

The Ni Vu Ni Cornu workshop & gallery proudly supports professional artists living in Quebec. They represent 40 Quebec artists and support both established and emerging artists. Located in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré just 22 miles outside Quebec City, the gallery is a beautiful mix of creative energy and whimsy.

The gallery is free to visit and open Thursdays to Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment at 418 702-1779.

Galerie Ni Vu Ni Cornu

10 005 Royal Avenue
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
QC, G0A 3C0

www.nivunicornu.com

 

In October, Marjolein exhibited The Garden Of Delights, her homage to Hieronymus Bosch’s painting at the Museo del Tessuto in Prato, Italy. Her work is imaginative, whimsical and daring. She has been a regular prizewinner at WOW (World of Wearable Art) in New Zealand and participated in the international event SOFA in Chicago.

She is a popular instructor in Canada and overseas. If you are looking for inspiration we highly recommend a visit to her website: www.bloomfelt.com

Workshops at the Haliburton School of the Arts

Haliburton School of The Arts, in conjunction with Fleming College, is hosting a series of intermediate level felt making workshops. (Registration opens for these programs on March 1st, 2017)  The college which is in Haliburton, Ontario is known for its beautiful campus nestled in a lakeside park setting close to the Haliburton Sculptural Forest. A unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadians and international artists.

Felted Wearables – Unique Surfaces & Techniques :: Diane Lemire, July 17-21

Explore felting by layering silks, cottons, and different breeds of wool and then experiment with surface design through for shaping, slashes and holes, carving, prefelts, pockets, resists, adding objects, and stitching. Instruction is suitable if you want to learn new techniques to deepen your knowledge of felting, or if you simply want to have some fun exploring new ideas. Practice will begin with a small sample and projects will include two scarves and a hat.

flemingcollege.ca/continuing-education/courses/felted-wearables-unique-surfaces-techniques

Bio: Diane Lemire

Diane Lemire is a multidisciplinary artist  who lives in Chelsea, QC and works from her studio in Farrellton, QC. A graduate from the University of Ottawa in Visual Art and Education, her full-time artistic practice has spanned 15 years, and includes Land Art, Installation, international exhibitions, as well as teaching her love for textiles.Initially focusing on the sculptural form, specifically poured concrete forms embedded with found objects, Diane has since 2007 devoted her practice to the material of felt. In this transition from hard to soft materials, her interest in the found object has remained a constant.Diane integrates a variety of objects into felt, such as dolls, beads, glass, bones, pottery, money, thimbles, parts of tools, and vintage clothing. The story of these recycled materials reflects her heritage.

To learn more about Diane visit: dianelemire.com

Surface Design Workshop :: Heidi Hudspith, May 6th

Enhancing the surface of a felted piece provides a wealth of creative possibilities. Explore some of these options using both needle and wet felting techniques to build embellishments, create relief, and embed resists.

flemingcollege.ca/continuing-education/courses/felting-surface-design-workshop

Bio: Heidi Hudspith

Heidi Hudspith achieved her BFA from McMaster University. She became enthralled with fibre arts while later studying at the Alberta College of Art and achieving Fleming College’s Fibre Arts Certificate. The tactile and sculptural nature of felt has been a constant source of inspiration ever since. More recently, Heidi completed a three year apprenticeship as a chocolatier with Joanne Mogridge of Cocoa West Chocolates. She continues to enjoy working in both the fibre and culinary arts.

Felting – Traditional & Contemporary Wet Techniques :: Susan MacDonald, July 10-14

From artful, felted fashion accessories to home decor accents, felting provides a range of creative options. Learn Nuno and traditional wet felting techniques, ancient crafts that are fashionably contemporary and versatile. The addition of texture and colour will be explored as your personal creativity is encouraged. Project ideas include scarf, tube/ring scarf, shawl, table runner, bed end, and more. Fabrics created could also be used for garments such as vests, dresses, and jackets.

flemingcollege.ca/continuing-education/courses/felting-traditional-contemporary-wet-techniques

Bio: Susan Macdonald

Susan MacDonald has achieved international recognition as a multi discipline artist Her unique creations are now available in some of Toronto’s most exclusive fashion houses and she is a featured artist at the Ontario Crafts Council’s Guild Shop in Yorkville.

To learn more visit:  suemacdesigns.com

 

 

 

Sanjo Silk :: A Silk Lover’s Paradise

Sanjo Silk is a fibre lover’s dream. Located in the Silk Weaving Studio, on Vancouver’s Granville Island, it’s on the waterfront next to the Sandbar Restaurant. This is a shop filled with looms, yarns and beauty.

It’s the kind of shop one can spend hours in. It’s just filled with products designed to fire up the imagination. There are Bombyx Silk Mawatas/HankiesSilk Noil Spinning Fibre and enticing curiosities like Ceranchia Cocoons and Ceranchia Paper from an indigenous silkworm from Madagascar. Of course, they also carry more ordinary products such as silk yarns and silk blends. But you can be assured whatever they have to offer is of the very finest quality available.

Recently we asked Jo of Sanjo Silk to talk to us about her amazing shop. We are so pleased she agreed. We know you will love learning all about this unique resource for fibre artists.

Tell us about Sanjo’s business’s philosophy?

We’re committed to offering unusual silks. Our selection is always evolving. We bring in new and intriguing things we’ve found, and replace older beauties that have run their course. This way we keep our product line fresh and interesting, and always give our customers something new to experiment with.

What are you most proud of, as a company?

Because we’re weavers first, yarn merchants second, we know our stuff. When we get new yarns, we try them so that we can tell our customers what our experience is. And we’re innovative, so we encourage our customers to know what “the rules” are, and how to break them creatively.

Do the people who work for you create with fibre ?

Sanjo Silk is sold in only one retail location, and that is the Silk Weaving Studio, which is a working studio. We work exclusively with Sanjo yarns, which gives us the opportunity to experiment with the yarns, and push the boundaries of what’s possible with each one.

Do you hear from your customers?

We’re in the unique position of having a retail shop as well as an online business. It’s hard to escape feedback when someone can come in and stand in front of you. But we’re very chuffed to say that most of the comments are very positive.


Why do you think there has been a resurgence in the fibre arts?

The Giant Cosmic Pendulum swings back and forth throughout history. We had a period during the 80’s and 90’s where it was so easy and cheap to buy foreign made production goods that handwork was considered backward and old-fashioned. Fortunately, people missed it, and they missed the originality, creativity, self-expression and tactile nature of handwork, and we’ve been watching as it has been embraced again by people who appreciate the diversity it brings to our wardrobes and possessions.

What is your favourite aspect of your business?

Well, we’d by lying if we didn’t say that fondling silk fibre and yarn on a daily basis isn’t pretty nice. One of the other best aspects is that we get to hear all about the creativity of our customers and how they apply it with our yarns. We love hearing what people do with our yarns and fibres.


What is your favourite product from your company?

We’re pretty fickle around here. Although we have old favourites, we’re usually pretty enchanted by the newest thing that has come through our door. And because this happens so regularly with us, we can be accused of being a bit flighty about favourites.


What is your customer’s current favourite product?

Our customers’ favourites vary from time to time. In the fibre department, the most enticing product we have is the muga fibre (#40-002)– it’s such a beautiful colour, and so unusual. In the yarn division, our mohair silk (#30-603) is a perennial favourite.


Do you have any upcoming events you want to share with us?

We will be showing our range of products at the ANWG Conference in Victoria at the end of June 2017. www.anwgconference2017.comWe’ll have some exciting new fibres, and hopefully a loom or two for weaving demonstrations.


Where can Canadian feltmakers find your products?

Our online shop, sanjosilk.com ,  is available to silk lovers all over the world. To shop in person, visit the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver, where we have handpainted yarns and fibres, and other goodies not available online.

For those unable to visit the Sanjo store, a visit to their website is a must! It’s wonderfully laid out with categories such as: Yarn, Spin Fibre, Other Things and Sales.

If you love silk ribbon, you’ll love their 4mm Silk Ribbon (30-007) from Japan. Perfect for adding texture to any creation, it dyes beautifully. It’s price at $14.00 for a 25m bundle.

Another fun pick is the Spin Sample Box at $22.00 You get two choices of boxes each with four different fibres, (25 grams of each.) So you a can give each a good try. This is an excellent choice to begin incorporating these unique, lustrous fibres in your feltmaking.

And last but not least, there’s Japanese Metallics and delicious paper yarn (50g skeins $8.00)  to experiment with. What are you waiting for? Don’t you deserve a little shine as a midwinter pick-me-up?

Spotlight on New Brunswick :: Fibre Retailers

Good Fibrations
90 Germain St.
Saint John, New Brunswick
(506) 608-3650

www.facebook.com/GoodFibrationsSJ

If you love colour, texture, and fibre, Good fibrations is the place to visit. Liz  Miller has been working with woolly things all her life, and have a colourful array of mitts, hats, scarves, shawls and other knitted and woven items for sale. Find handspun yarns for the knitter and weaver, as well as commercial yarns, needle felting supplies and much more.  She has a love of natural fibre. You will find alpaca, lambswool, kid mohair, silk, dog fur, and other luxury fibres in her products.

Here are some comments from her customers:

Kimberley says, “This place is so good for the fibre soul. Liz has the very best colour ways in yarns and fleece. The hand woven, hand knit, and hand felted finished items are gorgeous – and she even has tools (spinning wheels, looms, swifts, niddy noddys, you name it). Her staff is fabulous – knowledgeable and friendly. Emily is just grand! I stop in every time I’m in Saint John, if I can.”

Emma says,“Had such a fun time at needle felting class. I can’t wait to try other lessons and have such a fun time again!”

Upcoming Workshops:

Felted 3D Vessels w/ Anna Mathis
February 18th, 12pm-4pm
Course fee: $45 plus $20 materials fee

Fancy Felted Fingerless Gloves w/ Anna Mathis
March 4th, 11am-3pm
Course fee: $45 plus $20 materials fee

Needle Felted Little Bears w/  Lois Mcdonald-Layden
March 18, 12-4pm
Course fee: $40 plus materials

Read more about these workshops here: GoodFibrationsSJ/events
Read our profile on instructor,  Anna Mathis
Read our profile on instructor, Lois MacDonald-Layden

Legacy Lane
56 Vail Court
Sussex, NB
(506) 433-5604

www.legacylanefibermill.ca

The owner-operators of Legacy Lane are two sisters backed by four generations of farming experience in rural New Brunswick. Production Manager, Alyson, studied weaving and textiles at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Business Manager, Amy, studied business at the New Brunswick Community College. Together they have found a way to keep their family farm viable by diversifying into yarn production and fiber processing; a natural fit for their training, passion and expertise.

Legacy Lane is a Canadian fibre processor committed to providing high-quality yarns, fibers and services to their customers, while operating in an environmentally responsible manner.The mill sources fibers from local producers as often as possible, in an effort to minimize their carbon footprint.

A Legacy Lane customer, Kate, says, ” I love this store, it was a hidden gem for me until yesterday’s soap felting class. Love the class, love the store!! Great spot for Christmas shopping too!”

Upcoming Workshops:

Funky Felted Flower Brooch w/ Anna Mathis
April 9th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Cost: $70 includes materials

Needle Felted Landscape w/ Alison Murphy
April 22nd, 12pm-3pm
Cost: $50 includes materials

Read more about these workshops here:  www.legacylanefibermill.ca/workshops
Read more about instructor Alison Murphy here: www.joyfulcoyote.com

London-Wul Fibre Arts
1937 Melanson Rd
Greater Lakeburn, NB
(506) 382-6990

www.thewoolworks.com

www.thewoolworks.blogspot.ca

London-Wul is a fibre farm in New Brunswick where animals are neither destroyed nor sold, without exception. Also a national, award winning shop and studio, London-Wul is home to textile artist Heidi Wulfraat.

Heidi has been creating handcrafted yarns and textiles for the past 18 years. Her startup project involved a national award winning farm/shop and learning centre which she continues to operate just outside of Moncton.  WoolWorks Studio allows Heidi the exciting new opportunity to present a series of signature work that she has handcrafted in one-of-a kind or small batch quantities. Heidi is hugely influenced by colour, texture, nature, and the change of season.  All of which has inspired her selection of fibres, yarns, hand knitting designs as well as her favourite tools of the trade.

Heidi sells beautiful handcarded mini-batts and art batts in her online store.

Spotlight on New Brunswick :: Felt Artist Tina Sharapova

Today we spotlight New Brunswick artist, Tina Sharapova. Tina was born in Moscow and grew up in a family where everyone liked to create with their hands. As a child she experimented with a variety of different handcrafts.

It was as a child she made her decision to become an artist.

She studied at the Moscow College of Arts and Crafts majoring in carpet and tapestry making. After college she worked as a designer for a carpet company and was instrumental in creating the workshop studio “Donegal” which collaborated with a carpet factory in Ireland, founded by Voycey, a friend and colleague of a famous British designer William Morris.

Before moving to Canada, Tina lived in China and where she was impressed by the culture and the diversity of Chinese art. While she was there she experimented with doll-making, paper clay, and patchwork, eventually discovering felt art. She loved the similarities with carpet making.

Tina says this about working with wool, “It is a wonderful material – you can hold it in your hands for a minute and you will feel that your hands become warmer. Its fibers are soft but strong and can hold any shape. Wool clothes and shoes are lightweight and durable.  They are the best to protect you from cold in winter.”  She has now been feltmaking for five-years.

Tina currently resides in Fredericton where she came to study at the New Brunswick College of Crafts and Design.

She says this about her adopted province, “I like New Brunswick for its nature and indigenous culture. I walk in the parks and try to transfer the scenery to my works. I explore how make trees grow and rivers flow, using wool and creating small pieces of art. I love fish and I make them in various colours and forms. As I think that traditional culture is a very important part of the modern world, I began learning about local indigenous culture. My next project will be inspired by this study.”

Usually Tina buys her felting materials at the college store. This spring she hopes to explore local sheep farms for fleece and wool.

Currently she’s not planning any exhibitions but her art will be on sale at Beaverbrook Art Gallery gift shop from March to May. In preparation  she’s making more fish and small pictures that highlight the beauty of her surroundings. She is also making toys; she loves how toys made from natural fibres feel so soft and warm.

Tina’s work has been featured in  several exhibitions, including World of Threads Festival 2016. 

To learn more about the dynamic artist visit: www.artisalwaysmagic.com

Spotlight on New Brunswick :: Felt Artist Lois McDonald-Layden

Today we continue our spotlight on New Brunswick with Lois MacDonald-Layden.  Lois moved to the province a year and a half ago. She was born and raised in a very small fishing village in northern Newfoundland.  A horticulturist by trade, she is now a full time felt artist and instructor. Lois has lived across the country including the Territories.

There’s no denying that where Lois lives influences her work.  She says, ” In Yellowknife, I was inspired by the northern lights, ptarmigans, and the sunsets. And I still make things that are inspired by growing up in Newfoundland, right on the ocean.  I will always make flowers, because of my horticulture background. I’m collecting memories and influences from all over Canada and from my life.”

She loves the New Brunswick long summers and that the winters aren’t too long. When asked about her new province she says, “Everyone asks me, What’s special about New Brunswick? Well, it has so many hiking and biking trails that you could never do them all, they are everywhere. There are lots of waterfalls and dozens that you can hike or walk to and many with wonderful swimming spots. It’s a thing here, to go find waterfalls.  New Brunswick is on the Bay of Fundy with all the tides and the gorgeous ocean.  The trees here are wonderful; the autumn colours are drop dead stunning. I have a thing for trees, as you can see from my artwork.”  Another influence has entered Lois’s artistic life since moving to New Brunswick, “Birdwatching!  I have definitely been inspired to make more birds since moving here.  My work changes depending on where I live because I’m inspired by what I see everyday.”

That’s not all Lois appreciates about  living and working in New Brunswick. Lois values the province’s vibrant arts community. She says, “It is constantly growing and evolving.”

Lois belongs to the Fredericton area  Fibre Art Network (FAN), a group of knitters, weavers, spinners, and felt makers that meet once a month and share ideas and projects, plan fibre sales and fibre art shows and demo days. She has met some lovely people, and finds she’s always getting inspired or learning something new.  She says, “It’s a great way to become involved in the fibre community and learn about opportunities.”

Lois enjoys making felted wool pillow covers, little birds, bookmarks and wool paintings. Her work is on Etsy and in boutiques/galleries across Canada and the US.  She loves Instagram and posts almost everyday.  She feels “It is a great supportive community, especially for any kind of visual art.”

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/tuckamoorwildcrafts

Instagram:  tuckamoorwildcrafts

You can also find Lois’s work on Facebook : www.facebook.com/TuckamoorWildcrafts

If you’re in New Brunswick, Lois recommends:

Good Fibrations in Saint John. She says, “I just love Elizabeth, the owner. She is so enthusiastic and friendly, and a wonderful spinner, weaver and dyer. I also love Brigadoon Fibre Farm, Rachel and her family raise Alpacas and she sells the fibre and so many wonderful things like felted insoles and gorgeous yarn.”

Lois is also teaches feltmaking in these upcoming workshops:

Felted Landscape
February 11, 2017
9:00-4:00
Oromocto NB, at Hazen Park Centre
Event Information on Facebook

 

Needle Felted Little Bears
March 18, 2017
12:00-4:00
Saint John, NB at Good Fibrations
Event Information on Facebook

Spotlight On New Brunswick: Meet Felt Artist Anna Mathis

Today we begin our spotlight on New Brunswick. We are excited to have an opportunity to look at the feltmaking and fibre in this beautiful region. New Brunswick has a rich cross-cultural heritage. The Mi’kmaq, the Acadian and the Irish all have influenced the arts in this province.

It is also a province with a very distinctive beauty dominated by the Atlantic,  the Appalachian Mountains and the many riverways that weave themselves across the landscape.

Our first New Brunswick artist, Anna Mathis is an international award winning textile artist as well as a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and DesignRecently she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick.  Anna is passionate about sharing her craft through teaching workshops and selling fiber arts kits and supplies. She has recently been exploring wearable art, creating unique felted necklaces, scarves, skirts and vests.

Anna shares with us her experience as a fibre artist living in New Brunswick.

I feel so fortunate to be a working fiber artist, teacher and entrepreneur here in New Brunswick. We have a thriving art community, an inspiring College of Craft and Design, and we are small, so it is easy to make connections and get your name out there. As part of my job I do a lot of traveling, driving on the weekends to the various festivals, fiber shops to deliver workshops, or to attend craft sales. There are always pockets of fiber community everywhere I go, knitters converting to needlefelters, or those that want to connect with our historic past and learn to spin yarn on an antique wheel they found in their grandmother’s attic. This fiber frenzy is contagious and I see it growing all the time.

In New Brunswick we work together with Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia to organize Maritime wide events and festivals. Some of these festivals rotate annually so they can be in any one of the 3 maritime provinces the following year.  Recently we had the Winter Wool Gathering in Woodstock, NB, and this spring there will be the Maritime Fiber Arts Retreat in Chester Bay, NS. In the fall, we will have the Knit East in Saint Andrews, NB, the Nova Scotia Fiber Arts Retreat in Amherst, NS, and the Maritime Spinners Retreat in Halifax, NS. There are tons of opportunities to get together to share knowledge and buy fiber goodies! I tend to stock up at these festivals for my fiber, as you can often find raw fleece or mohair locks right from the farmers, or vendors like me selling hand dyed yarns or wool and silk top.

In my practice I can’t help but be inspired by New Brunswick’s richness in colour.  We have the roaring blues and greens of the ocean beside us, and an overabundance of blooming wild flowers; lupines, crab apple trees and lilacs bushes. From our cities, it is just a skip and a hop and you can be in the middle of the woods hiking to a waterfall, or laying on a completely isolated beach for the day, just to be inspired. The changing leaves in fall in red, orange, brown and green. They make a couple hour drive seem oh so easy. But I am not a fool!  I know it will get cold and we will need wool to keep us warm so I have turned to felting wearable art. Why not be stylish and stand out with a one of a kind, felted vest reminding you of the flourishing flowers to come. Wrap up in ruffles embellished with local sheep locks, or silk dyed by the droops of a sumac tree, paired with flirty vintage fabrics.

Living in New Brunswick has not only influence my art, but it is the perfect place to start a business. I feel empowered, ready to take a chance, to ask for something just out of my reach and go for it. Our cost of living is relatively low so I was able to jump in to this head first and know that I would float. Our community is inclusive so it is easy to sit down for coffee with the big players and ask for advice. Although I have been training for this for years, attending the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design pursuing a diploma in Fine Craft: Fiber Arts, then graduating with a Bachelors of Adult Education from UNB, I am really still just right out of the gates. I have been a full time artist for only the past 9 months but already I feel like I am standing on solid ground. I have so many people behind me rooting for me, helping me on my journey and there is nowhere to go but up.

To learn more about Anna Mathis and her work visit:

Website: http://www.ploomefiberarts.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMathisFiberArtist/

Instagram: @fiberartist

Over the coming months, Anna will be teaching workshops throughout New Brunswick. We hope they will be a huge success.

One of a Kind Wet Felted Scarf:
February 11th 2017 9am – 4pm: Hosted by: Edventures + Frostival
Where: The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, NB

This 1-day workshop will be jam packed with technique and texture, get ready to explore basic felting techniques using hand dyed merino wool, silky locks and sparkly yarns. Felt fabulous fringe with fantastic drape and create your own one-of-a-kind wearable art scarf!
$95 (materials and HST included), For more information or to register go to:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/one-of-a-kind-wet-felted-scarf-tickets

 

Fabulous Felted Wearable Art: An Introduction to Wet Felting:
February 15th – April 5th 2017 : 7 weeks Wednesdays 6 pm – 9pm
Where: The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, NB

Are you ready to make one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art? Get ready to be sudsy and soapy while using wool, silk and a variety of fabrics to create your own unique hand felted scarves, dyed wools, bracelets and more! This course is a great introduction to the world of felting with fun explorations of colour, texture, fibers and advanced felting techniques. You build a resource bank of techniques and final products. Applying loose weave fabrics as well as nuno felting with silk are sure to attract you to this amazing offering by the talented Anna Mathis.
$175 + HST (Materials approximately $60)
For more information visit nbccd.ca/programs/other/ and to register call or drop in to NBCCD (506) 453-2374

 

Felted 3D Vessels:
February 18th 2017, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Good Fibrations Studio, Saint John, NB

Spend the afternoon sculpting, shaping and designing a one-of-a-kind wet felted vessel! Using hand dyed sheep’s wool, soap, water and elbow grease, we will learn fun and creative ways to design with felt. We will be learning about resists, experimenting with colour, and felting in the round. This class will be jam packed with designing, sampling and creating extravagant and unique vessels. Participants will complete a unique vessel using resists, hand dyed wool, and wet felting techniques.
$45 +HST (Materials $20)
Please contact Good Fibrations at 506-608-3650 to register

 

Fancy Felted Fingerless Gloves: 
March 4th 2017, 11am – 3pm
Where: Good Fibrations Studio, Saint John, NB

In this workshop we will be using wool, hot water and elbow grease to create fancy felted fingerless gloves! This class explores the use of resists, how to create designs with soft felt, and combines dyed wools and silks to create a custom pair for you to wear and keep your hands warm everywhere! Participants will complete a unique pair of fingerless gloves using a variety of hand dyed wool, and wet felting techniques.
$45 +HST (Materials $20)
Please contact Good Fibrations at 506-608-3650 to register

 

Funky Felted Flower Brooches: 
April 9th 2017 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Legacy Lane Fiber Mill, Sussex, NB

Ready to create some funky felted flower brooches? This workshop is great introduction to the world of felting for beginners and a fun exploration of 3D sculpting and ruffle techniques for those with experience. We will get sudsy, soapy and creative with colour making our own one-of-a-kind hand felted flower brooches
$70 + HST (Materials included)
To register please call Legacy Lane at 1-506-433-5604

 

Felted 3D Vessels: 
April 23rd 2017 1pm – 5pm
Where: Norwood on the Washedomoak Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge Narrows, NB

Spend the afternoon sculpting, shaping and designing a one-of-a-kind wet felted vessel! Using hand dyed sheep’s wool, soap, water and elbow grease, we will learn fun and creative ways to design with felt. We will be learning about resists, experimenting with colour, and felting in the round. This class will be jam packed with designing, sampling and creating extravagant and unique vessels. Participants will complete a unique vessel using resists, hand dyed wool, and wet felting techniques. There will also be many traditional tasty treats provided by the Bed and Breakfast!
$45 (Materials $20)
To register please email ploomefiberarts@gmail.com

Felters’ Fling Registration Opens on Sunday

The Felters’ Fling is a not to be missed event for feltmakers.

Felters’ Fling offers a unique venue, where 80 or more feltmakers gather from North America and abroad. There are twelve different workshops to choose from taught by the finest felt art instructors from around the world. Camaraderie and creativity flourish as ideas and knowledge are shared.

This years instructors include Pam de Groot (Australia), Charlotte Sehmisch (Germany), Chris Lines (UK), Kathleen Crescenzo (USA), Lilyana Bekic (USA),  Angelika Werth (Can) and Fiona Duthie (Can).

The Fling takes place every second year at Snow Farm – New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Registration begins Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm eastern standard time.

Live registration will open on www.feltersfling.com promptly at 9 pm EST. Workshop choices will be made by clicking the appropriate dropdown boxes, likewise with lodging and meal selections.  To include additional information will be asked to complete a series fill-in-the-blank boxes.
Spaces will fill very quickly and it is recommended that you prepare for registration by deciding on your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for Sessions A & B in advance.
Here are the workshops being offered at this years Fling with Canadian instructors, Angelika Werth and Fiona Duthie:

Angelika Werth:

A1: Intro to Design, Pattern Making and Construction for a Felted One-of-a-Kind Garment
B1: Taking it to the Next Level: Advance design, pattern making and construction of felted one-of-a-kind garments
Create and design patterns that will express individual ideas using 3-D technique on a mannequin/dress form. These patterns will be the foundation for a desired garment (vest, jacket or dress) constructed (cut, assembled and sewn) from felt yardage made during the workshop. Techniques such as lace, tucks, pleats and embroidery will be included as participant interest warrants.
Expand and change the design and function of the original pattern created in workshop A.

Fiona Duthie:

A4: Felt Sculpture for Outdoor Installation
Felt sculptures for outdoor installation are created to respond to the environment, and invite interaction between the viewer, the work, and the space. These felt sculptures are intriguing and inviting, installed anywhere from a small urban space like a balcony/deck or garden, to large, wild or rural spaces like the forest, field or beach. In this class, we’ll discuss best use of materials; wool breeds, other fibres, structural materials, site planning, responding to light and wind and designing your work to best suit your outdoor space and the narrative you want this piece to convey.

Fiona Duthie:

B4: Fibre + Paper + Ink
Fibre + Paper + Ink explores in depth the layering and design opportunities of these three wonderful mediums. Paper and Ink incorporated with more traditional felting fibres opens up new possibilities in material options and surfaces. Paper adds unique sculptural and tactile qualities to our felt, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We study sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for it’s use on fibres, like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. By creating a variety of display samples, plus larger finished pieces, we’ll look at how these mediums can be applied to garments, accessories and sculptural work.