FELTING CLASS with Marjolein Dallinga in March 2016-One Seat is still OPEN!

March 1, 2016 9:00 am
March 3, 2016 4:00 pm
Tanque Verde Lutheran Church
8625 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson


This workshop has only one seat open.  A waitlist is now available. Contact Maddie at thsgworkshops@gmail.com to be added it.


Instructor:  Marjolein Dallinga

Date:  Tuesday – Thursday, March 1-3, 2016

Location:  Tanque Verde Lutheran Church

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Cost:  Estimate for THSG members: $220*   Estimate for nonmembers: $305  *Supported by a generous grant from the Nita Bilinsky Memorial Fund

Materials Fee:  To Be Determined

Level:  Intermediate

Maximum # of students:  13

Instructor Information: Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied Fine Arts. She moved to Montréal, Canada, in 1989 to pursue her art career through making art books and jewelry. While raising a family, her creativity led her to toy making and teaching art classes. This led her to discover felting, and she now works in this medium.

The world-renowned CIRQUE DU SOLEIL became interested in Marjolein’s work, and for the last five years she has experimented with felt for their costume design while also creating final products for their shows. 

Marjolein has her own company, Bloomfelt.com, and works from her studio with sewing and dyeing rooms. She has taught felting for thirteen years in North America, Europe, and Australia. Last year she won three awards for her costumes made for the WOW (World Of Wearable Art) in New Zealand. To learn more about Marjolein and her work, go to www.bloomfelt.com

Workshop Description: From the dance of conflicting emotions, creativity and art are born. Though sculpture is usually perceived as static, Marjolein Dallinga sees it as movement, the movement of wool from fibers into felt.

This 3-day workshop will deepen the consciousness about experiences learned from sculpting and dyeing with felt and other fibers. Students will explore different sculptural form ideas, with the theme of folding and unfolding, to become more aware of how and why to use this medium.  The focus will be on basics like color, design, and conception of an artwork. Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their awareness of the creative process with an accent on the journey and not the end result. This is an experimental discovery workshop. At the end of each day we will discuss creations to heighten awareness of color and design choices. An exhibition of all work will complete the course.

Materials and Supplies: Personal materials needed for wet felting; 20 colors of Merino roving or batting plus white & gray wool (total wool about 2.3 lbs.); some hairy wool (locks, coarser wools); small leftover pieces of sheer natural fabrics (silk, cotton, etc); and small quantities of threads or loose fibers.  Complete list to be supplied as workshop registration deadline approaches. 

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Participants may register at the monthly meeting, electronically from the website using PayPal, or by snail mail to THSG Workshops, PO Box 65413, Tucson, AZ  85728.  Direct any questions to Maddie at workshops@thsg.org.

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