There will be four tutored days duing this retreat although the workshop will be open every evening for the duration of the course.
Sunday and Wednesday are outing days but you are free to stay behind and felt if you would rather!
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Focus on Felt with Andrea Hunter
Friday September 9th to Friday September 16th 2016
ALL MATERIALS AND FELT MAKING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED.
Creating Felt Pictures
If you are a textile enthusiast looking for guidance in transferring drawing and painting skills into feltmaking, or an artist wishing to explore felt as a drawing medium, Andrea will give expert instruction. You will learn techniques to help you achieve the skills needed to competently create felt pictures with depth and texture. We will be using Merino wool tops and you will be encouraged to use the wool in a very free painterly manner. Ultimately students should complete the week feeling confident with creating images in very fine felt and feel enthusiastic about developing their own style of “painting with wool”.
There will only be 6 students at this retreat, thus ensuring plenty of individual attention, masses of enthusiasm and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Day 1 Friday: Arrive today. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Andrea will display her felted work and discuss how she made them.
Day 2 Saturday: Full studio day. Located in the Ambazac Mountains we are surrounded by the famous red Limousin cattle and flocks of sheep grazing on the peat fields. This morning we will all go out and photograph our 'subjects' and the local landscape and forest trees to provide ourselves with bags of inspiration. After lunch Andrea will start her tuition in creating felt pictures and the hard work will begin!
Day 3 Sunday: This will be an outing day to Limoges to the Puces de la Cité where we can search out bargains and vintage finds to incorporate into our felt pictures or to keep just as souveniers of the holiday.
Day 4 Monday: Full studio day. By the end of the day you will have finished a felted picture.
Day 5 Tuesday: Full studio day. By the end of the day you will have a finished piece of felted art.
Day 6 Wednesday: This will be an outing day to Aubusson, the famous tapestry making town. The studio will be open on your return to continue felting.
Day 7 Thursday: Full studio day. By the end of the day you will have another finished piece of felted art.
Day 8 Friday: Today we will say our goodbyes and gather all our finished work to enjoy each others results.
By the end of the week you will have a variety of samples to refer back to once home and a collection of felted pictures ready to frame and hang.
All equipment and materials are provided whilst in the studio. Embellishing machines are also available for use.
A full description of the course will be up shortly, please check back for more information.
A brief creative biography
After graduating from Leeds University in 1987, Andrea returned home to work as a professional artist in the small village of Hardraw. She worked predominantly in Charcoal and pastel for several years, before her interest in textiles uncovered a real love for felt making. She tries to create depth, subtlety, texture and a real feeling of movement in her felt pictures. These qualities are born from a technique of working with fine layers of wool as if it were paint. It is this technique and a strong illustrative dimension, which she feels makes her work distinctly different from traditional felt art work.
Andrea is inspired by the dales landscape, its inhabitants and particularly in the dramatic contrasts that the dales weather brings. She likes to think her work has always had a strong sense of movement and that her monochrome images in particular capture the wildness of the fells. Creating light within the imagery through artistic skills and use of materials, has increased the dramatic content of her work and is yet another step, she hopes, in pushing the boundaries of felt making. Andrea's journey is ongoing, winding through new ways of seeing and old ways of understanding; but will always engage with the wild and beautiful places of home.