Pine Needle Felting with Leiko Uchiyama : Bookings open 17th June
October 7 @ 9:30 am - October 8 @ 4:30 pm
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Pine-Needle technique is the unique technique of wet felt making. I was inspired by the pine needles spread on the snow in one winter morning in my home town, Sapporo. Pine Needles is lacy fine felt, it is very soft and delicate but strong enough to ware. This is something only your clever hands can do and this is what I love.
This is one of the variations of the Pine Needles technique which inspired by Borris Lace. Borris is a pretty little village in south east of Ireland where I live. This lace was invented in 19th century by the Lady Harriet Kavanagh of the Borris House which is the Irish Estate and it saved the village from the famine.
Leiko Uchiyama is a Japanese felt making artist living in Ireland. It is nearly 25 years since she discovered felt making. An educational background in both Animal Science and Textile Design made her curious about wool and its properties which is waterproof, soundproof, insulating and given the correct conditions and which felts.
The source of her felt making passion though, is the knowledge that the humble sheep, our first domestic animal, has provided us with food, clothing and shelter for millennia yet still plays a huge role in everyday modern life. She says, “It’s thrilling to explore the possibilities of wool in the 21st century. I love the beauty and the happiness which real hand crafts bring to our society. Technology has been developing so fast, we tend to forget how wonderfully skilled our hands are. I hope that through my work you will see the beauty, the joy which only our hands can bring in making.”