It is not every day that one gets invited to conduct a workshop internationally! FeltLOOM® is bringing needle felting instruction and ‘Fellowship’ to New Zealand! FeltLOOM® has been in business since 2003, founded by Lanette Frietag and Don Bowles, who designed and created the first FeltLOOM®, a large-scale felting machine.
Creative felting is brought to life with this innovative machine. Direct from LanMark Farm in the bluegrass country of Kentucky, home of the FeltLOOM® felting equipment; FeltLOOM® will team up with Auckland University of Technology (AUT)’s Textile and Design Lab (TDL) with two 1-day teaching workshops on how to use the FeltLOOM® needle-felting machine to create and design textiles, April 14th and 15th, 2015.
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand; New Zealand is comprised of 2 islands, Auckland can be found in New Zealand’s north island. The fertile lands of New Zealand were historically dominated by the export of wool, and today many textile and design factions drive the New Zealand fiber community. AUT’s Textile and Design Lab was established in 2000, and has reorganized itself and its identity a few times since before landing on its present identity as TDL.
With Auckland being New Zealand’s largest city a trip for learning and exploring would be ideal! Where else can you learn to create beautiful scarves and shawls, felt based textile products and fabric; and travel to middle-earth for a side excursion??
The workshops are an introductory learning level for beginners and will be comprised of such content as techniques, layers, patterns and textures.
Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the most fundamental FeltLOOM® functions; basic exposure to the procedure and workflow of needle felting technology, hands-on use of the FeltLOOM® tool in creation of original fabric, techniques like fiber to fiber and fiber to fabric, and the overall operations of the FeltLOOM®.
Making your own artwork, creating unique designs, envisioning one’s own fabric design, and learning how to actually create it using tried and true design approaches among other guidelines and techniques.
FeltLOOM also is adding on a visit Massey University in Wellington for the Master of Design Opening on April 9th.
So it is with extreme enthusiasm that we applaud FeltLOOM® for this international opportunity to teach and expand the fiber art community with their knowledge and their tool.“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit