Kristy teaches at home and abroad, as well through an interactive online platform where students work in their own homes and studios. Registration for home workshops (materials provided) is available below.
Join me in May, as I welcome Katia Mokeyeva as a featured guest instructor. Katia will teach a special three day workshop on structural surfaces with plant fibers in my Portland, OR studio.
October 2018- Felt Feuture, Canadian Felting Symposium, Nova Scotia, CAN
March 2019- Felter's Rendezvous, Colorado USA
April 2019- Australia and NZ (details coming in spring 2018)
Guest instructor Katia Mokeyeva (Feuer und Wasser) will return to the studio this May as our featured guest instructor for 2018. Katia is an innovative artist and felt garment designer of international acclaim. You may have seen her featured in the most recent issue of the Surface Design Association magazine (article below). I'm delighted to have her back to teach and very excited about her new techniques working with plant fibers! -Kristy
- Dates: May 11-13, 2018
- Time: 9:00 to 4:00
- Location: Kristy's studio in Portland, OR (Gladstone area) address and studio details supplied upon registration.
- Level: Intermediate to advanced
In Katia’s latest works, patterns occur in the form of multiple repetitive elements. They grow smaller, larger, change their vertical or horizontal positioning, and they are all connected to each other, and codependent. It’s interesting how we come across these patterns everywhere in nature – in seed pods, blossom clusters, reptile skins, fish scales and much more.
This class is introducing a unique and innovative approach to the structure of felt fabric. Participants will explore and understand the use of fibers other than wool, and learn how the inclusion of plant fiber can add flexibility to felted textiles, and help sculpt gorgeous three-dimensional surfaces. Students will learn creative structural methods applicable to any felt projects, including accessories, garments, interior design pieces, or fine art. Samples or a small garment like a shawl can be created in this class, depending on the choice and experience of participants.
Katia's works have been represented in several magazines, books, and blogs such as Folt Bolt art blog, Felt Matters, Ver Filtz und Zuge Naht magazine, Belle Armoire, Felt (Australia), Filtz Fun, Textile Art Around the World, Worldwide Colours of Felt.
The primary source of Yekaterina's works is the wilderness theme and its organic connection to humanity's symbiosis with nature. Her latest ideas are going beyond just the exploration of the vast variety of colors and textures of natural objects. Humans like to perceive themselves at a competition with the natural world around them when they should see themselves as a part of it no less than any other living being. In nature, we should find comfort, protection and continuous evolution of ourselves, for our progress lies in mimicry and adaptation to the surroundings of that world, much in a chameleon-like way. Fire and water are not mere elements of nature but were always, and still are the essential skills acquired by humankind for the necessity of life and following skills. Felting is among the most primal and sacred of such skills, being born of the combination of water heated by fire to alter the form of wool, rendering the most minimal use of resources, but with the most versatility and interaction between human and nature. Therefore such interaction deems us as a part of our actual biological environment.
The creation process involving wool, another animal, and plant fibers, and woven fabric combinations uncovers a myriad of creative design and potential. Intricacy and simplicity in these compositions are equally important in the artist's perception. Shape, color, texture, patterns all play a role in the final completed work and are manifested as physical instruments to the imagination.
Supplies and materials students should bring to class...
- Plastic bubble wrap, enough to cover 6' table; plus an extra piece about 1m X 1m size;
- Clear thin plastic (painters drop), enough to cover 6' table;
- Watering device, a ball brouse , or a squirt bottle of a choice;
- Container for water/soap solution (small bucket);
- Natural liquid soap (biodegradable dish soap is the best); you can bring your favorite olive soap bar as well, but we will mostly use water/soap solution;
- Pool noodle, about 2' long;
- Elastic ties for rolling (stockings or pantyhose);
- Netting (soft fiberglass mosquito screen material is ideal, synthetic fabric shower curtain), size from 1/2 m X 1 m;
- Pen and notebook;
- Sharpie marker;
- Two old bath towels;
- Any favorite felting tools;
- Bamboo sushi mat (very small, made for making sushi rolls);
- Good sharp scissors;
- Small hand mini-carder or metallic dog/cat brush
- Cheap grocery plastic bag;
- Masking tape (about 1'' wide).
250g - 300g 18 - 19 mic merino wool tops (few of your favorite colors);
Dyed plant fibers: ramie, hemp, flax; ( your favorite colors, 1-2 meters of sliver of each kind of fiber; will be available for sale from the instructor, $2 per 1/2 meter);
Two-three meters of Margilan silk gauze fabric (authentic, organic, hand woven, hand dyed; will be available for sale from the instructor, $15 per meter). The gorgeous fabric is perfect for the innovative techniques of this class and allows to create complex surfaces in a limited workshop time. It's not the same with tissue silk or other silk fabric.
Katia's 2018 feature in SDA Journal. For a better view of it, open in PDF version.