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Sculptural Felting and Wearable Art with Marjolein

Check out the Vacation with an Artist (VAWAA) website HERE. Among the artists available for workshop vacations is Canada's own Marjolein Dallinga.

Dive into a one-of-a-kind immersive experience in the world of wool with internationally renowned fibre artist and felt-maker, Marjolein. Learn to transform soft wool fibres into sculptural or wearable creations in her majestic studio setting surrounded by dense forests and lakes in Québec.

Meet the Artist: Marjolein is a multidisciplinary artist known for her rhythmic alien looking wool forms. Her journey with felting stemmed from her wish to make toys for her kids. Soon she started making ornaments, accessories and clothing and then went on to create costumes for Cirque du Soleil for several years, experimenting with felting techniques. This stretched her art to new horizons, and she moved back towards visual arts, creating large felted sculptures and wall hangings. Marjolein’s work is very rhythmic and she creates different shapes and intriguing textures with wool. She finds the element of surprise and transformation very inspiring, and enjoys witnessing the metamorphosis of the soft wool fibres into solid three dimensional creations. Wool has a strong character of its own which triggers and pushes her towards new discoveries. She endlessly explores how to use colour with wool, and has extensively experimented with felting and developed her own sculpting techniques. Marjolein has shown her pieces in many international exhibitions, and made several art movies with her large-scale felted sculptures. Marjolein believes felting is a very inviting and forgiving art form. She looks forward to welcoming people into her unique, self-created world, sharing her space, and inviting others to connect with this wonderful and forgiving medium. Felting is easy to learn but endless in possibilities. Marjolein believes it is an invitation to inspire others to find an opening to their own unique creativity and experience the joy of making things with their hands.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Create three dimensional sculptures, or wearable art.

  • Deepen the consciousness about experiences learned from sculpting with felt and other fibers.

  • Focus on color, design and conceptions of an artwork.

  • Explore techniques for sculptural form ideas through : folding and unfolding, building relief, clamping or binding, and more.

  • Play with the processes of shortening, thickening, tightening and shrinking, and other transformations of felted surfaces.

  • Wool dyeing processes (optional).

  • Visit at local contemporary art museum in St-Jérôme.

  • Walks through the forest.

  • Possibilities for early morning meditation and yoga.

  • Biking, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing on the property land, country skiing, alpine skiing (seasonal availability).

Stay at Marjolein's Marjolein's studio is a free standing building, with a colourful and spacious workspace. The second floor offers a cosy loft that includes a bedroom with two beds and a private bathroom with a shower. Rebuilt on a former dairy farm property, the main house, studio and wood workshop were completely reconstructed. The studio is surrounded by meadows, a deep forest and small lakes on a 120 acres property. The environment is peaceful and very quiet, accessible all year. All meals, snacks and drinks are included with your stay.

Find out more about a vacation with Marjolein HERE

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