Art Felts at Luckystone

This weekend’s workshop really blew me away.  Again.  I can’t articulate exactly what it is about teaching that moves me so, but even thinking about it makes me well up.   I guess it is a combination of the excitement I feel while sharing a common passion, facilitating the process that evolves, then just absorbing the creative process that unfolds in each person.   Sometimes people need help to unfold, but more often they just unfurl on their own.  I can take no credit for this weekend’s talent.  The photographs don’t do the work justice.

These photographs of my student’s work shows their dry layouts, then the after felting shots. 

We talked a lot about surface design in terms of movement and cohesion, with input from all pairs of eyes.  We mused over why it is such a challenge to see our own work as clearly as we see others. 

We considered the question of when less is more, and when more is better.  The consensus was that there are different styles but it is all such a personal choice.   Those of us who have worked with Sachiko Kotaka reminded each other that she’d encourage filling up all empty spaces to make our felt healthy.  And we agreed that the serenity of simplicity is also worthy.  I thought of Elis Vermeulen’s mantra “too much information”.  Such fabulous feltmakers with such different perspectives, but I do not doubt that they would each value the other’s aesthetic.

Perhaps this helps to explain why teaching moves me so.  And why it is such an honor.  I get to be with a group of individuals who are happy about where they are (making felt), and although our mouths may be ticklish with fiber, we are all engaged in learning the same language. 

Feltmaking is such alchemy.  Beyond mastering technique, the magic just flows.

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9 Responses to Art Felts at Luckystone

  1. Joei Rhode Island says:

    Hey! I just found you! Great blog…wish I was closer so we could felt and chat.

  2. Loco Lindy says:

    Wonderful pieces and great photos- so nice to see the before and after. Love your blog and your work!

  3. Donna says:

    I wish I had been there. The pieces are so rich and heavy in texture. There are distinctly different parts of each piece that work well to make a lovely whole.

  4. Ginny Huber says:

    A perfect blog post for me, as I especially love color and texture and surface design..and t…. Great to see dry and wet versions of the pieces your students made. I often forget to take pix of my own work in both stages…And it's also great to see and hear how much you enjoy teaching!

  5. Connie says:

    My dear friend Shirley Cooke led me to you! I also am in contact with Nicola – AND I spent many a wonderful workshop in Rhinebeck – good ole Omega and love the area! I am a felter and have a shop on Etsy – but really love the wild, wooly and tendrilly (a word?). I'll be checking out more on your blog – just wanted to say Hi!
    Connie Berlin/SensoryFelteds

  6. Lori Lochner says:

    Robin, Thank you for a wonderful workshop! A comfortable, collaborative and inspiring group of creative women.

  7. Pink Knitter says:

    The pieces are beautiful! Knowing that you were teaching Art Felt this weekend inspired me to take out the piece I made in your class at Rhinebeck. I have ideas on how to further embellish it, then I will hang it in my office.

    You're a wonderful teacher & I think that is part of why, you enjoy teaching so much!

  8. Plastusia says:

    Beautiful items. Skillful teacher, skillful students :).

  9. elisvermeulen says:

    an honor indeed.
    enjoyed reading your entry Robin.
    sending you a big hug.