The Instructor Series :: Pamela MacGregor

Updated: Oct 25, 2021


(Note: Our August 2020 Symposium was cancelled due to COVID-19. Pamela was to have been an instructor.)


In 2018 Pamela MacGregor retired from teaching nationally and internationally but she is making an exception for the felt :: feutre canada's August 2020 Symposium.


We are fortunate to have this very talented artist and teacher. Pamela is well-known for her sculpted teapots and vessels. Many wonderful felt makers have inspired Pamela during her felting journey. After many years, the information she has learned along the way has all melded together to form her work. She’s grateful for their inspiration.

Over the years, Pamela has won numerous international competitions and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. .


Her work was included in 500 Felt Objects, a book about felting, as well as in a variety of respected  international magazines including: Felt, Australian Magazine, Filzfun Magazine, and Vilt Kontakt Magazine.


Pamela will be teaching two workshops at the symposium: SCULPTED TEAPOTS REDEFINED (3 days) and EXPERIMENTAL FORMS IN FELT (2 days).

How became a felt artist?

Pamela discovered felting after she retired from teaching middle school art. It was during a period in her life when she finally had the time to pursue her own interests and a need to express herself creatively. She threw herself headlong into her new-found passion for the fibre arts, focusing primarily on three-dimensional traditional wet felting.


She was introduced to traditional wet felting late in life, but was she immediately hooked. She loves the versatility of this medium. She says, “The magical process of felting is so intriguing. The thought that with plain soapy water, animal fleece, and agitation I could produce a precise, hard, and seamless surface was inspiring to me. The possibilities seemed endless.”

Her Style

Pamela’s not an artist that can do production work. Each of her felt works is one-of-a-kind. She finds that creating in felt energizes her and pushes her into constant and exciting engineering challenges.


She approaches each work with a new intensity, always in total awe of the process. She often combines the wool with natural elements that she finds around her farm, such as plant pods, feathers, horsehair, and found bones. She feels her art doesn’t have to say something, or be explained. It is intuitive and from her heart.


Inspiration

Her work is inspired by nature and found objects. She feels she honours the lovely old woodland bones, dried pods, and stones by using them in her work. She tries to incorporate intriguing found objects to make each work a one-of-a-kind.


To learn more about Pamela, read this interview in World of Wool. You can visit her website here: http://tarveycottagestudio.com

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