• Expressive Landscapes in Felt - Tutor Valérie Wartelle
    16/11/2019 - 17/11/2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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About The Workshop:

On this two-day weekend course you will be guided through the steps Valérie uses when creating her own felt artwork. The perfect opportunity to observe and learn from a professional, talented, exhibiting artist. You will be encouraged to explore the qualities and behaviours of wool fibres, silk threads and fabrics through the wet-felting process. This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and only requires of you to engage your own creativity!

Dates and Times:
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2019

Skill level: Suitable for all ~ some felting experience would be advisable but not essential.

Learning Curve:

On day one under the expert guidance of Valérie you will first explore marks and textures through rubbings, collage and drawing. Through discerning observation, you will enhance, isolate and develop line, texture, form & colour to create a series of drawings. These will then be used as inspiration to develop experimental pieces, manipulating fibres and textiles using the layering wet felting technique.

Day two will be dedicated to creating your main felted artwork. Working from your own starting point as well as your drawings & samples from the previous day, you will develop your piece gradually applying fibres, threads and inserts in fine layers. At the end of the day, you can expect to take away with you a (mostly ready for stitch if you prefer) finished felt artwork.

Images by past students of Valérie.

What’s Included?

  • Lovely tea, coffee and cake

 Please bring with you:
In preparation to the day, please take the time to consider some ideas to use as your inspiration. I suggest you gather some ideas/inspiration for your felted piece – this could be a photograph of a favourite view or landscape, artwork or collage, colours/patterns you particularly love; anything at all you find inspiring!

  • Wet Felting equipment
    • Small bubble wrap (approx. 50x80cm)
    • Pipe insulation rod 50cm
    • A piece of netting (approx. 50x80cm)
    • A pair of knee-high pop socks
  • Light weigh Merino prefelt (Two pieces 20x30cm and One piece 30x50cm)
  • Wool fibres e.g. Merino tops
  • Embellishment fibres (e.g. silk, hemp, etc)
  • Open mesh fabrics (e.g. silk, muslin, lace, etc)
  • Felting soap/Solutions
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pointy tweezers
  • Plastic cup with handle or spray bottle
  • Basin (that will fit in a microwave)
  • Small/medium towels x3
  • Felting palm (only if you have one)
  • Plastic bag
  • Drawing/Painting materials and tools (only bring what you already have) e.g.
    • Pencils, pens, graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, chalk pastels, paints, inks
    • Paint brushes, palette knife
    • Rubber
    • Glue stick/PVA
    • Paper scissors
    • Ruler
    • Notebook
  • Lunch

About the Artist Valérie Wartelle:

My main fascination lies within the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form. Taking the rural environment as my inspiration, I explore long-term interests of texture, colour, layering and process to create contemplative and ethereal artworks.

My primary technique is wet felting; a traditional craft technique using wool tops, hot water, soapsuds and friction to interlock the fibres together. The compositions are built in layers, hinting at what may lie beneath, and use translucency and light to create absorbing moods. These are highly textured felt pieces in which cloth is embedded, prints disguised, threads unravelled and details finely stitched, as a painter with her brush. The analogy with painting is significant throughout, making the viewing inquisitive, and challenging people’s perception.

Brought up in France and French Polynesia, I originally came to the UK to study textile design and am now a widely exhibited artist working and living in West Yorkshire. In 2015, I was awarded the Embroidery Magazine’s Best Emerging Textile Artist at SIT Select Showcase, as well as Best Picture in Show at theGreat North Art Show.

here is a link to work by Valérie Wartelle


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