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Canadian Felt Symposium 2016 :: Official Opening

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

Last night was the official opening of the Canadian Felt Symposium (2016). The event began with an Art Talk by instructor, Charlotte Sehmisch. 

Charlotte is an award winning and internationally acclaimed German fibre artist and textile designer for Weimar, the home of Bauhaus, Germany.  Her work has exhibited worldwide in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA and Australia. Charlotte studied  architecture and fashion.

She uses a wide range of materials but primarily felt. Her designs are influenced by her love of Bauhaus and demonstrate her interest in geometry. Over the years, Charlotte has designed innovative mattresses, cribs, baby shoes, hats, mother-bags and even baby blocks inspired by the concept of Camera Obscura.

Her most recent venture is Bingo Wing Airlines, a company dedicated to creating fabulous bags, luggage and lights that combine her love of form as well as whimsical sense of humor.

The second part of the event was dedicated to welcoming the participants to the symposium and Penticton. Our official greeter was Richard Armstrong, the Keeper of Knowledge for the Penticton Band. Richard spoke of the history of the territory and how his life’s work was devoted to welcoming newcomer saying, “We are the ones who are blessed and honored” when we have visitors. He also talked about how when he was young his relatives told him “to honor those who came from a long way by giving a song” as a song is the only thing that can make a person feel both happy and sad. Richard’s song was about his community’s connection with the salmon and about how this creature not only feeds his people but the environment as well.

Lastly felt :: feutre canada artist, Deborah Dumka, closed the event with an eloquent talk about the importance of building community with fellow artists. She spoke about how the Symposium was a great way of cooking up ideas and pushing boundaries and investing in one’s artistic self. Furthermore she mentioned that the artists involved in the workshops would not only sharpen their skillsets in the days to come but find inspiration, connections and reach a new understanding of their craft. She also spoke of the need for artists to join with other artistic communities through groups such as Citizens of Craft, and The Canadian Craft Council. 

In the words of the Shoshana Teitelman the event was a sensory overload and fabulous. We couldn’t agree more.

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