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Connie Michele Morey and Carmen Ditzler :: Great Summer Workshops (2018)

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Looking for a great workshop?  Check out these two workshops hosted by felt :: feutre canada members: Connie Michele Morey and Carmen Ditzler.

Organic Sculpting: Felting Inspired by Nature: July 2 – July 6, 2018 

taught by Connie Michele Morey  

Location: Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts,

650 Pearson College Dr., Victoria, BC  V9C 4H7  Canada, PH 250-391-2415 E

Participants will use the natural environment as inspiration in this workshop. They will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to felting organic forms through sculptural felting.  Daily time spent outside observing, reflecting, collecting and sketching in nature will provide inspiration for sculptural forms made from wool using felting processes.

Beginning with small introductory works and moving on to more ambitious series of sculptures, this workshop is appropriate for beginners and those with more felting experience. Topics include image development through observation and sketching from nature, armature building with wool, surface coverage, decoration, elaboration, linear work and felting around natural forms.  No experience necessary.

Connie is an artist working with sculpture, textiles, book arts and creative and critical writing.  She is active in community-based practice and has exhibited and presented in Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and Portugal.  In addition to practicing art, Connie also works as an art consultant and publishes creative and critical writing.  

She holds a BFA in Visual Arts, an M.Ed. in Art Education and in 2016 completed a PhD that merged creative writing and studio practice to look at imagination as a collaborative experience.  As one of the co-founders of arc.hive, an artist-run centre focused on facilitating collaborations between artists, writers and performers, Connie is active as a curator and arts consultant, focusing on social practice, community engagement and the arts, in addition to teaching part-time at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island School of Art.

Wet Felt Explorations: Making a Funky Felted Bag witCarmen Ditzler, Heart Felt Fibre, Creston, BC Date: July 10 & 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: Tin Roof Fibre Studio, Priddis, Alberta Join Carmen Ditzler of Heart Felt Fibre for a workshop that delves into the ins and outs of wet felting. The workshop is suitable for all levels of students from “never felted before” to “I’m an experienced felter”.

In this class you’ll learn how to: choose the most effective materials, how to lay out even layers of wool, felt surface design, work on a resist, make handles, design a project with beauty and function in mind, and finally, how to make a fun and funky bag.

At the end of the two days, you will take home a few surface design samples, a mini-bag, the final bag including handles, and a wealth of knowledge regarding wet felting and surface design techniques that you can then use in your own projects at home.

Carmen has also been a teacher for as long as she can remember. She has brought her insatiable curiosity and passion for how people learn into her experiences teaching in various fields such as outdoor education, fibre arts, entrepreneurship, wilderness living skills, school curriculum, horticulture/farming as well as homeschooling her own children for seven years. This breadth of experience has led her to the belief that we all have special needs as learners! This perspective informs her teaching as she discovered early on that learning is about the relationship between the teacher and the student where the role of the student is the most important. Students refer to her as a funny, engaging, skilled and patient teacher.

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