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  • Rosemarie Péloquin meets the Prince

    Thoughts on the making of a Prince and meeting the subject of my portrait... photo: Joseph Hopfner It seems I've been able to spark the imagination of a country by showing what can be done with wool as a medium for fine art. I had the privilege of presenting my life sized needle-felted wool busts of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles in St. John's NL during the May 2022 Royal Tour of Canada. It started with someone seeing my faces made of wool and imagining that the Patron of the Campaign For Wool should be made with Canadian wool to celebrate the 10th global anniversary of the campaign, and, after a global pandemic put a stop to the planned unveiling, looking ahead to the Jubilee and thinking that a bust of Her Majesty could be commissioned as well. It happened with a creative spirit and a quiet studio to experiment so that a small heart of needle-felted wool could eventually morph into a life-size bust of a monarch, then two. The subject for the portrait seemed daunting at first. After a week I thought - “I make faces; that is what I do” - and got to work, as usual, trying to understand and capture the essence of the person. Like all my pieces, whether they are portraits or not, I enjoy my time in the studio with them. I feel I get to know them and have great “conversations” about life and beliefs. The wool has its say in the pieces as well, collaborating to make cheeky grins or adding a bit of fun with curls. The act of needle-felting, similar to pointillism, adds to the overall meaning – pushing and pulling the wool tighter and tighter. So many small gestures build the piece, build our lives, build the fabric of our communities. Art can do that – strengthen the fibre of communities. For the Royal Tour, Campaign For Wool Canada had organized a roomful of creative people who love to work with wool to make exquisite pieces. The Prince was gracious, interested, funny and knowledgeable. After watching him interact with everyone in the room and speaking with him, I felt that I had done him justice in my sculpture. It was amazing to be able to talk about my process, the technique, the wool, and also to explain what my intent was for the piece. I'm happy to have done my part to put fibre art in the news these last weeks. I often think back to advice that was given to me at a juror's lecture when I asked about not finding a place for my work in juried show submissions: “Just keep putting your work out there and they'll catch up eventually.” photos above and below: Emily Christie The two busts were not conceived at first to be shown together and, not having seen the Prince's bust for over a year when I was asked to make the bust of Her Majesty, I was nervous about seeing them side by side. The sculptures are all needle-felted wool – that includes the eyes, teeth, clothing, jewellery, hair... There is a threaded metal rod that goes through the wool body to attach it to the wood base; the earrings and necklace are attached with jewellery clasps and hooks. I was taken aback by how much I had missed the first bust when I saw him at Government House. He needed a couple of touch-ups after his travels. The bust of Prince Charles and Her Majesty are on loan to Government House in St. John's NL by the Campaign For Wool Canada, June 2022. A short film of the making of the Queen's bust is in the works. Everyone is invited to attend this event. Manitoba fibre artist and needle felter Rosemarie Péloquin. Rosemarie will share why she loves using wool as an artistic medium, talk about her Campaign for Wool commissions, and relate her experience meeting HRH The Prince of Wales as part of the recent Royal Visit to Canada. The event will consist of brief opening remarks, speaker's presentation and ample time for Q&A. Participation is free, but registration is required. Register HERE.

  • At the Jordan Art Gallery in April

    One of our members, Greta Hildebrand tells us about her gallery in Jordan, Ontario. She is one of the artist/owners. Jordan is a wonderful place to spend a day with many charming shops and restaurants. It is the home of the felt making supplier, the Fibre Garden and the home of Greta's art, the Jordan Art Gallery. shop photos: Greta Hildebrand Heading east on the Wine Route at the base of the Niagara escarpment, you’ll discover the historic town of Jordan, nestled within the larger area of Lincoln. Situated in the former Jordan Winery among Inns, restaurants, boutiques and a fibre specialty shop and brand-new museum just steps away on Main Street, is the Jordan Art Gallery. It’s not new, in fact the gallery has celebrated over 20 years of outstanding service to artists and art lovers, earning it the Diamond award for art Galleries in Niagara, 2021. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by one of the 7 artist partners who own and operate the business; but their own art doesn’t limit the eclectic range of work. Consignment artists from Niagara and the larger Golden Horseshoe area extend the diversity of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, pottery and raku, glass, woodwork, jewelry and textile art. The “Spotlight” wall is changed monthly during the tourist season. This juried feature is part of the Gallery’s outreach aimed at presenting to the public an outstanding Ontario artist. Gallery partners Greta Hildebrand and Mori McCrae work with fibre and textiles. photo: Greta Hildebrand, Hayfields from the Friendship Trail, Ridgeway, 11x14", needle felted wool and silk Greta’s needle felted work is inspired by her observations of nature and having lived and explored various parts of Niagara. As a Fine Artist, she uses the same process that she would in painting, but instead using layers of blended fibres and colours. Her experience as a handspinner allows her to incorporate handspun yarns in the final detailing. A variety of dyed and natural silks, wools and plant fibres allow for a range of textures and colours, inviting the viewer to feel and explore as the artist herself has done. photo: Mori McCrae, "To The Core" 18x12x12 soft sculpture canvas and felt Mori’s fibre and textiles pieces explore the many facets of her work. Her formal education as a Fine Artist allows her to move fluidly between paint, fibre, textiles and poetry. Inspired by the figure, her latest soft sculpture pieces bring her to the “core” of life, and explore senescence; the biochemical decline of organic matter, used as a metaphor for human aging. Mori will also be exhibiting her work at the Grimsby Art Gallery this June. photo: Melanie Siegel During April 2022, the Spotlight artist is felt and bead artist Melanie Siegel. Melanie says: “The Canadian landscape is the inspiration for my work in textile making. It is the atmosphere and the chaotic disarray of the natural world, it is the mountains and forests, the richness of nature that gives rise to the expressive quality in my work. As I continue to explore and develop the creation of textiles as a form of art composition, I attempt to push the boundaries of traditional methods. Weaving painterly tapestries, machine embroidery using thread to create fabric, hand and machine stitching and the specialty art of felt making, my work embraces a spirit of experimentation in textile." The Jordan Art Gallery is open throughout the year with hours changing slightly between winter and summer. If you’re considering a visit, jordanartgallery.com will provide current hours and more details about the artists.

  • Next Art Talk :: Making Felt Yardage

    Join felt :: feutre canada president Chris Liszak to see how she makes yardage for her fabulous felted coats. felt :: feutre canada members only Have you ever considered making felt yardage for a tailored coat (or other garment) but were not sure how to start? This Art Talk will tackle the math, layout and planning involved in making Yardage of Felt for your sewing project. This will not focus on a specific coat, but more the method to succeed with YOUR pattern and YOUR style of feltmaking. Slide show plus audience Q&A. There will also be a PDF available to work through when you are ready to make your yardage. This is the second of the series of Art Talks available to the members of felt :: feutre canada in 2022. We grow together as a community of Canadian feltmakers by learning from each other.

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  • Fay Hodson - Workshop Description | felt::feutre canada

    Fay Hodson - Mandrake Workshop This workshop is only open to felt :: feutre canada members. It provides a repertoire of relevant techniques whether you are a needle felter or wet felter. ​ Fay has a 2 minute introductory video here In this workshop, we will build solid wool sculptures around armatures. We’ll use a combination of needle felt and wet felt techniques to achieve a result that can’t be achieved by either technique on its own. You’ll learn how to: create wire armatures for small to medium sculptures build a firm wool core around an armature create interesting attachments bring it all together into a finished felted sculpture ​ We will start with making a Mandrake which is the major part of the workshop. Mandrakes are roots of plants that look humanoid. Mandrakes have a long, bizarre history in folklore, religion, and more recently in Harry Potter. Lots of scope for making a quirky little felt creature! In the second part, you can get creative and design you own creature - additional information will be provided about creating different armatures, attachments and embellishments. The workshop will consist of: Access to a Google Classroom beginning Wednesday, October 19, 2022 with approximately 3 hours of video instruction, pdfs etc. This application works with most email addresses, but you may have to open a free gmail account if yours is one that doesn’t. Note: it may take up to 24 hours for access to be approved. An introductory Zoom meeting Sunday, October 23, 2022 (Zooms will be recorded if you are unable to attend) Additional information to get creative with a second creature released on November 1, 2022 Second Zoom meeting Saturday, November 12, 2022 for show and tell and questions Ongoing Classroom stream for questions and show and tell: October 23 to December 18. ​ ​ The Google Classroom content will remain open until Jan 17, 2023. A complete list of tools and materials is available here . ​ For individuals who feel it will be challenging for them to source the materials, there is a limited time offer to purchase a kit (delivery to Canadian addresses only). Purchases must be made before September 23, 2022. Kits will include the wool, fibre, yarn, wire, and needle felt needles that you will need to complete at least two creatures. After you register for this workshop, you will receive instructions by email for ordering the kit. It will be shipped early in October so you have it before October 23. ​ Skill level: Some needle felt experience is helpful, but an instructional document will be provided for beginners. A basic level of experience with wet felting techniques is necessary so you can understand and feel what is happening in the project. If you are new to wet felting there are several tutorials on-line that will give you the basics (e.g. Fiona Duthie's introduction to wet felting. ). Please experiment before starting the workshop. ​ Copyright Fay Hodson – please do not distribute or copy without permission.

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  • Fay Hodson - Workshop Materials | felt::feutre canada

    Fay Hodson - Mandrake Workshop - Materials and Tools Below are the materials for making one mandrake. If you wish to make a second creation of approximately the same size, double the amounts of wool and wire. Ideas for making the second creature will be provided in the second part of the workshop. There is a kit available for purchase (before Sept 23, 2022) if you do not have the small amounts needed in your existing stash. Exterior surface colour wool – at least 25 gm of wool batt. I used Custom Woolen Mills felting batts . They are merino and rambouillet. The fibres go in many directions and the batt has quite a bit of loft or bounce. These characteristics make it easy to apply and feel what is happening. You could use merino batt, but it may handle differently than seen in the videos so you might need to modify the process according to how the wool responds. Using tops is challenging – the fibres are parallel, tend to be long and it is difficult to ensure complete coverage – if you want to try these and have problems, create a batt by cutting (2 inch lengths) and carding the fibre. Wool for the core – at least 50 gm – same or lighter colour than the exterior surface. I used Custom Woolen Mills roving, but if you have excess surface colour batt, you can use strips of it for the core. Find the direction that the fibres primarily go in and tear off approximately 2 inch wide strips. Alternatively, any inexpensive wools that felt, don’t have guard hairs, and have some loft will work. Wool Tops – assorted colours for making top knot attachments and surface designs. Curls or locks – small quantity for the curl top knot. I used mohair (loose bunch about ½ inch in diameter). Ball of yarn for binding the core - can be synthetic or wool. It must be strong – we will be pulling hard on it to bind the core. Galvanized Steel Craft Wire 20 gauge (+/- 2) at least 2.5 meters – available at home depot . Tools Wire cutters/pliers (nothing fancy – just to cut and work crafting wire) e.g. jewelry pliers sets available through Michaels Safety glasses are recommended when working with wire Disposable razor for shaving if necessary Needle felt needles (medium) and foam block or other surface to needle into Regular eyed needle and strong thread (depending on top knot choice) Scissors Felting tools Bubble wrap (2 pieces, at least 1 sq ft) Rolling tool (ideally a pool noodle but a rolled towel or rolled bubble wrap will work) Sheet of clear flexible plastic (1 sq ft) – painters drop cloth or cut plastic bag Warm soapy water and basin, bar of soap bath towel and dish towel Watering bulb or water bottle with holes punched in the lid to drizzle water Optional Surface fibres such as silk tops and banana fibres Stretchy ties or panty hose for binding Drawer liner or textured surface Mesh or screen Small wire brush or coarse tooth brush Other felting tools that work for you Note: some links are provided, but they are not always stable – check that they are what you want! ​ Copyright Fay Hodson – please do not distribute or copy without permission.

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