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2-Day Intensive Workshop: Needle Felted Wool Landscapes (DAY 1)

  • Artista Bottega 937 7th Street West Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Instructed By Jaana Mattson

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$275 / $25 material fee

All levels are welcome in this class, anyone from a hobbyist with a short attention span to a professional artist can learn, have fun and be impressed with themselves. In this 2-day intensive class we begin with the basic elements; different types of wool and techniques for application using landscape photos for inspiration. A simple technique, needle felting is a dry method of creating non-woven fabric by interlocking wisps of dyed wool fiber using a notched needle. The organic textures and impressionistic colors of blended wool offer a very painterly approach to textiles, beautifully suited to landscape. Over the course of the 2-day session we learn with our hands about different types of wool roving and experiment with a variety of needles and needle holders. During the first day of class we will all work from the same images to take a step by step approach as we learn to “build” the landscape from background and shadow to the highlights of the surface. Hand-outs and discussion will help illuminate the basic principles of composition and the use of color and color-theory to produce a dynamic landscape. During Day 2 each student will select their own image from personal or provided photos and work through the idea with guidance from the instructor. All necessary materials are provided with the $25 material fee, due in class. These include a kit for each student with a range of dyed wool roving in the landscape palette, felting needles, acrylic felt pinned to a foam block and printed materials outlining tools, fibers and resources. Additionally, each student will have use of an adjustable Ott light to mimic natural daylight for best color accuracy and clarity while working.