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Big Ink – Surface Design + Garment Construction Workshop with Fiona Duthie – WORKSHOP FULL

January 31 @ 9:00 am - February 3 @ 4:30 pm

Big Ink – Surface Design + Garment Construction

a special FeltWEST workshop with Fiona Duthie, feltmaker extraordinaire from Canada

  • January 31 – February 3, 2019
  • 9 am to 4.30 pm each day
  • Alexander Park Craft House, Menora (Perth)
  • $375 for the 4-day workshop; enrolments open to members of Feltwest
  • Minimum cost of required materials approximately $140 + $40 for Kit

FeltWEST is delighted to offer this workshop with renowned felt artist Fiona Duthie who is returning to Australia to teach in 2019. We cannot envisage a more exciting workshop to kick off the FeltWEST 2019 workshop program (yes, a little earlier than usual, but SO totally worth it!)

Members to book click here.   Not a member click Workshop & Membership Bundles.

Workshop Description:

Big Ink – Surface Design + Garment Construction is all about creating bold dramatic surfaces on garments that engage the wearer and the viewer. This is design that celebrates life and movement!  We explore sumi-e ink drawing on silk fabrics for depth and line, plus exciting fibre fringes that are both elegant and exotic.  Seamless garment design will be covered encompassing colour, form and fit, plus ​using resist additions, for additional shaping and fit. ​Participants can make either a dress, vest, tunic, skirt or short jacket. Intermediate level.

We expect this workshop to fill very quickly, and full is full. Enrol now to secure your place. A cancellation policy applies.

  • A materials list will be sent out to all enrolled participants 6 weeks prior to the class.
  • An additional materials kit will be provided by Fiona for each student in this class, which includes ramie fibre, sumi-e ink, brushes, embellishment materials, resist materials, tape and soap. The cost for these kits is $40.00 per person, payable to Fiona on the first day of the workshop.

About Fiona: Fiona Duthie is a feltmaker recognised for her dynamic surface design. She loves storytelling, both in words and textiles and starts a new piece, thinking first of what story she wants to tell and then creates tactile metaphors in form, fibre and surface additions to best communicate that narrative. Fiona creates sculpture for the body, art objects and outdoor felt installations.  Her work uses geological surfaces built up through fabric manipulation, stratified textiles and mapping imagery to explore biography and individual perspective. Each piece is created as a seamless three-dimensional form through traditional feltmaking. The only sewing is done at the end, completing the story through surface embellishment. Fiona’s work has been published in many international textile arts publications and she has exhibited her work in both public and private galleries in Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Felting since 1996, Fiona Duthie has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. She the founder and current president of felt :: feutre canada, the national not-for-profit organization created to unite, inform and inspire Canadian feltmakers.

ALL IMAGES Copyright Fiona Duthie

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January 31 @ 9:00 am
February 3 @ 4:30 pm
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Craft House
Alexander Park
Menora, Western Australia 6050 Australia
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