Monday, 23 September 2019

Strictly Felting!!

A great start to our new Felting Year

A great session on Saturday got us off to the best start possible for our new season and in the run up to our celebrations for our 10th anniversary.

Our Felt-in focused on preparing for the Community Arts Project with the Island Art's Centre in Lisburn.  Deirdre, Helen and Deborah are leading this project - from designing, planning and delivering. They took today's session explaining the aim of the project and how it would be achieved with the support of all the group.

Lots of fun and plenty of work!

The Committee has been working hard to devise an interesting and enjoyable way to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  We will be working in partnership with the Island Arts Centre to deliver a community arts project.  There are plans for pop up felting events, community engagement events, a specially designed project working with a local special needs school, and workshops all culminating in a major exhibition in 2020.

This will lead us into our 10th year of Feltmaking, our 'TIN' year. Sharon's obviously been thinking about this and shared an idea of incorporating can pull openers into a little felted bowl! 

Great idea Sharon!

Of course before the CAP (Community Arts Project) team got going, there was plenty to talk about for the year ahead.

Jenny Pepper's workshop on Saturday 5 October still has some places up for grabs, so if you don't want to miss this very creative opportunity, get cracking and contact our workshop secretary Pleasuance

Lyda Rump a very talented feltmaker from the Netherlands will be teaching with us in March next year and there's also lots of plans to bring some very exciting local and international tutors over the next year, so watch this space.

Back to the CAP team and their very creative ideas for this project which will involve community groups working together with Feltmakers North to create some wall art which reflects their thoughts and feelings about living in the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council area.

Deidre explains some of the ideas so far

Splitting into three groups, Deirdre, Helen and Deborah each worked on a specific technique to maximise the number of small pieces that would be used in the community hanging.

Helen's upwolffing group

Deborah's group using ropes to design trees!

Deirdre's group on walls and stones effects

Lots of wonderful pieces created, amazing colour combinations, textures to die for and most importantly lots of prefelts for our project at the Island Arts Centre in November.

A massive thank you to Deirdre, Helen and Deborah for all their inspirational work. We know they have been working hard over the summer and this was evident today. Everyone left feeling part of this exciting project and Yes, we have all got some home work! We need to provide A4 pre felted pieces to be included in the wall hanging - the river, mountains, sky etc plus work on the techniques we learned at the Felt-in. so til the next Felt-in.  .....................keep felting!!

We can't finish this blog without you getting a chance to see this lovely little bird which Dorothy had given to Sandy.  We all hope you are keeping well Dorothy and look forward to seeing you in October.


Monday, 2 September 2019

Welcome to the new season


All Welcome

   Saturday 21st  

Welcome to another exciting new season with Feltmakers North Guild!  Our first Felt-in is on Saturday, 21 September at 10.00 am in Hillsborough Village Centre.  Everyone is welcome to come and see what Feltmakers North is all about and even better it's a free session for non-members.

We will be working together to produce small pieces to be incorporated into the hangings for the Community Arts Project.  So if you've never felted before, often wondered what felting was all about or you want to improve your skills why not come along?

Feltmakers North Guild has a really exciting year ahead as late November begins the celebrations for our 10th Anniversary in 2020.  A massive thank you to all our members who have contributed lots of ideas and suggestions for our celebratory year so watch this space for what's on the agenda!!