Updated: Oct 25, 2021
(Note: Our August 2020 Symposium was cancelled due to COVID-19. Marjolein was to have been an instructor.)
Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied Fine Art specializing in graphic art and painting.
In 1989, she moved to Montreal, hoping to pursue a career in art. She was making art books and jewelry. Not long after moving, she married and is now the mother of three sons.
How did she get started feltmaking?
While raising her boys, space in the family home was limited, so she began working on smaller, less involved, creative works. This led her to toymaking which in turn, led her to wool. She took a workshop in felting, which she enjoyed, and she realized she could express herself in felt the way she once had in painting. The medium suited her personality. It also fit into her lifestyle as a mother. In the beginning she focused on making hats, shawls, and handbags. Eventually she began to get requests for classes.
What She Likes About the Form?
Marjolein is very attracted to the physical aspect of the form. In an interview in “World of Thread,” she said “It is the inherent simplicity of it all that attracts me. One only needs a few tools and a simple workspace. It is the magical aspect of felting which never ceases to surprise me.”
Marjolein spends her days shaping, sculpting, and folding wool into incredible sculptures. She says of this process, “It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Though sculpture is usually perceived as static, I see it more as movement, the movement of wool from fibers into felt. And as long as there is movement there is life.”
For the past five years, Marjolein has made one-of-a-kind costumes and props for Cirque du Soleil. Her collaborations with designers and makers within The Cirque de Soleil has allowed for an endless exchange of ideas and creative opportunities.
In 2018 she collaborated on a production of Eugene Ionesco’s Les Chaises, a co-production by Montreal’s Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Théâtre des Fonds de Tiroirs, starring Monique Miller and Gilles Renaud.
Other accomplishments include SOFA Chicago; World of Wearable Art, New Zealand; and exhibitions in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA.
Marjolein is a popular felting instructor. She has taught workshops in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. In her workshops she frequently challenges participants to deepen their awareness of their creative process.
To see more of Marjolein’s gorgeous work visit: https://www.bloomfelt.com