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Felting Techniques and Sculptural Forms

$835.00

ON CAMPUS: 16-20 January 2023, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 12 December 2022
Anita Johnson

Learn the techniques for making felted sculptures starting from soft tufts of wool, adding warm soapy water, and massaging the fibres into robust shapes. Construct seamless three-dimensional forms using resists, model solid felt shapes, create organic multi-layered vessels and felt around a found object to bring new layers of meaning and delight.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

15 Available

Full Details

Term: Summer School Week Two 2023
Start Date: 16 January 2023
End Date: 20 January 2023
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Lecturer: Anita Johnson
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $925.00
Early Fee: $835.00
Concession Fee: $880.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Learn the techniques for making felted sculptures starting from soft tufts of wool, adding warm soapy water, and massaging the fibres into robust shapes. Construct seamless three-dimensional forms using resists, model solid felt shapes, create organic multi-layered vessels and felt around a found object to bring new layers of meaning and delight. Anita Johnson leads you through drawing and collage exercises to develop resist shapes for sculptural forms in felt. The class will discuss the history of felt as a shelter, its absorption of sound and moisture and its tactile materiality as points of investigation within a sculpture. Wool felt has been used as a sculptural medium since 5th century BC through to contemporary artists, most famously by Joseph Beuys.

Lecturer Profile

Anita Johnson (nee Larkin) has been making sculptural works in the medium of felt since 1994. She has taught sculptural felt making in Scotland, Ireland, USA, The Netherlands and Germany, as well as around Australia for over 25 years. Represented by Defiance Gallery in Sydney, Johnson has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and is currently studying a Doctor of Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. Anita’s textile sculptures have been shown in the Wynne Prize at The Art Gallery of NSW, The Museo del Tessuto in Italy, The Blake Prize, The International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Art in Mexico, Sculptural Felt International in The Netherlands, The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, and 10th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art in Miami, USA. Visit her website

www.anitajohnsonartist.com

ART MATERIALS

Important note: felting can be quite a strong physical activity so bring a drink, snacks and wear comfortable shoes.

Old towel

Plastic apron if you don’t want to get wet

Plastic bucket and a pair of sturdy rubber gloves

A couple of found objects to learn how to felt around them

A pair of flat-nose pliers

Fabric scissors and dress measuring tape

Pencil, paper scissors, a permanent marker and masking tape

AND

600gms of unspun wool fibre that has been washed and carded during its processing. Colours are up to your heart’s desire. You can use some coarser wool of 29 micron (eg: corriedale, finn, gotland, crossbreed, or strong merino) and/or you can also use a finer fibre too of 22 micron (eg: merino). We will work with whatever you bring along.

Places to purchase wool fibre:

www.firsteditionfibres.com.au

www.fibreartsshed.com.au

www.glenoraweaving.com.au

www.virginiafarmwoolworks.com.au

 

PARKERS FINE ART SUPPLIES

Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

 

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