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  • 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, 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.

  • felt :: feutre canada On-Line Workshop Development Grants 2022

    NOTE: These grants are for our current 2022 members only. felt :: feutre canada On-Line Workshop Development Grant 2022 felt :: feutre canada has established two grants to be awarded to felt :: feutre canada members in 2022. The aim of the On-Line Workshop Development Grant is to assist teaching members to create an online workshop. The grant can be used to purchase equipment to create video recordings for the workshop, create a presentation platform or financially assist in the hiring of a videographer or other professional assistance to achieve the transition to on-line teaching. One $600.00 award will be given in each of the following two categories: Emerging Teacher: This applicant will be completely new to the experience of teaching online. They will have a workshop idea that they wish to take on-line and feel they could succeed given access to the necessary equipment or professional videographer. Established Teacher: Someone with some experience on-line (PDF, Zoom, YouTube, Art Talks or other forms of on-line presence) who wishes to expand their technical videography and online presentation through equipment, presentation platform or professional assistance upgrades. All grant funds are to be spent on new equipment or upgrades in equipment, online tools or technical assistance for a specific project. Funds are not available for PDF only or live only workshops, although these components may also be included in the class Membership in felt :: feutre canada is a requirement. Current felt :: feutre canada board members and Grant committee members are ineligible. Deadline for application: March 1, 2022 Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, 2022 Grant recipients will be required to: Design an on-line class and upload it ready to offer by August 1, 2022 Present the completed workshop to a paying audience, with felt :: feutre canada assisting in organizing and promotion to make that happen for the initial offering Provide a brief written summary of their experience, to be submitted to the Board within two weeks of completion of the project. Allow felt :: feutre canada members the opportunity to access the first presentation of this workshop before it is made available to the general public Video workshop remains the sole property of the creator to do with as they wish after the initial presentation by felt :: feutre canada. Creator will agree to not advertise this workshop outside felt :: feutre canada until its members participation in the initial workshop is completed. To apply: Email your responses to the following to: Name Address e-mail Phone number Website (if applicable) Grant category you are applying in (Emerging or Established) Description of your practice: i.e. hobbyist, artisan (selling your work), emerging artist, experienced artist Where have you taught your in-person workshops in the past? (if applicable) Describe the workshop you would create if chosen for this grant. How will this grant assist you in the creation of this workshop - be specific. Tell us what you would need and approximate costs Please attach photographs of the proposed workshop project

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  • Make me Laugh gallery | felt :: feutre canada

    puppets: Fay Hodson puppets: Fay Hodson puppets: Fay Hodson Featured entry: Feeling Cheeky Feeling Cheeky Materials and Techniques: Wool, silk hankies, mohair, viscose, wire, pigment Needle felting and wet felting Artwork size in CM: Width……28…… Length………49..……… Depth………16……… Out of gallery Elise Campbell As I pondered the theme of this exhibition I considered what it is that makes me laugh, and the one thing I kept returning to is my children and how their pants often seem to sit just below their bum cracks. Perhaps it is childish of me that butts still make me laugh, but there we have it! And that's how Esme came to be - she had been on the time out shelf for over a year (no fault of her own) and through a few sketches I finally discovered her destiny - to amuse you with her cheek(s)! She is built over a wire armature with ample behind and dons wet felted booties and a homemade cross-back apron (should have opted for the ties!) And, in spite of surviving a full double hand replacement, she still can never tame her pearly mohair locks . View the whole Make Me Laugh Gallery through the button below. Make Me Laugh

  • Monochrome Beauty challenge | felt :: feutre canada

    member-to-member challenge: monochrome beauty felt necklace Out of gallery

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