Skin Felting with Anita Larkin
Learn how to coax wool fibres into shapes without using water, by skin felting.
This technique Anita has developed, and allows control over the fibres in making a felted sculpture. Also, learn essential modelling techniques for wet felting shapes by modelling directly in the hand. Experiment with the different shapes
that arrive from cutting into, adding into, and anchoring the fibres by stitching during the felting process. Surprising little organic sculptures in felt will be made. Further develop your skills in feltmaking and make those
sculptural shapes in felt that you’ve always wanted to.
Larkin’s work reveals felt to be many things.
Anita Larkin exhibits a body of her evocative sculptures. Felt as a medium to explore the intricate forms of nature. Felt as a connection to conceptual narrative, in her association of the medium with collected objects. Felt as a protective insulation material, for sound and warmth. Felt as a connection to our ancient nomadic past. Felt as a breath.
- Nature: Please bring a couple of objects from nature that inspire you.
eg: seedpods, shells, rocks, bark, flowers.
- Felting Equipment
- a grip mat to felt on top of (eg: 70cmx70cm)
- A synthetic/terylene net cloth (eg: 40cmx40cm)
- A cake of soap (olive soap is good) and some liquid soap (unperfumed please)
- A felting pear, bottle, or something to get water onto the wool
- A plastic bucket
- 20 plastic clothes pegs (that open their jaw -not slide on)
- A small towel
- Any fulling tools you use (I find a citrus reamer, honey dipper, wooden spoon
- a washboard/fulling board is useful if you already have one
- Wool Fibre– Any fibre and micron (19 micron or higher) that you enjoy working with that has been washed and carded during it’s processing. Please ensure you have felted with your fibre before the class. Colour choice is up to you. Bring light and dark tones 300gms total should be enough.
- Fibres, yarns, materials for decoration design if you feel like using this.
- Resist Materials: Foam underlay 2mm thick (the stuff that goes under floating floorboards as insulation)(about 1metre x 1metre)A piece of bubble-wrap (about 50cm x 50 cm)
- Construction stuff:Sharp fine pointed scissors, a dress-makers measuring tape, a permanent marker, some cloth tape, a pair of flat nose pliers.
- A long strong needle (such as an upholstery needle) and some strong thread/yarn (such as linen thread or upholstery yarn – that will not stretch when wet)
- Also bring some ordinary sewing thread and needle.
- A fine wire brush (suede brush) if you have one.
- Paper and pen/pencils for drawing and working out ideas.
While workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.
Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.
Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.