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Treasure Nests with Martien van Zuilen WORKSHOP FULL

06/07/2018 @ 9:30 am - 07/07/2018 @ 4:30 pm


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Felted Treasure Nests & Vessels: Forms and Surfaces in the Third Dimension 

Class Description:

Create a unique hand-felted vessel (also known as a Treasure Nest) while exploring distinctive qualities for surface design in three-dimensional & seamless felt. This is an explorative class, designed to extend the potential of textures and surface design in 3D felted forms. The focus is two-fold; to learn a range of techniques designed to create well finished felts, and gain in-depth understanding of felt-specific surface design methods implemented at different times and throughout the felting process. These include fibre blending, pattern inlay and shadowing, loops and spikes, folds and ripples, pockets and resists, cutting and holes, textural stitching, novelty fabrics and yarns. The workshop also includes a discussion on further embellishing techniques such as coiling, knotless netting and sculptural silk papermaking to adorn your Vessels & Treasure Nests.


Martien van Zuilen (PhD) is a felt artist and dyeing artisan living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits her high-quality and distinctive felt art nationally and internationally and through her dyeing business Colourant Dyeworks she supplies the finest hand-dyed Merino wools, silk fibres, yarns and fabrics to felt makers and textile practitioners worldwide. Since the late 1980s she has delivered felt-making workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and throughout the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers and for 18 years coordinated the Australian National Yurt Project. She is the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. and the editor of FELT, Australia’s national felting magazine with international reach. Her artwork is published in numerous international publications, including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces (book), Textile Fibre Forum, Felt Matters, ViltKontakt, Fiber Art Now, Yurts Tipis and Benders (book), FELT, verFilzt Und zugeNäht, the 2015 book Pots and Pods for Feltmakers, Adventures in the Third Dimension, and the 2016 book Worldwide Colours of Felt. Worldwide Colours of Felt.



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06/07/2018 @ 9:30 am
07/07/2018 @ 4:30 pm
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Alexander Park
Menora, Western Australia 6050 Australia
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