Convergences rely on registrants to offer a short demonstration or talk on anything felt related. This is what “the freely sharing of Knowledge” means. In recent years some Convergences have had a special guest tutor as well.
For Felting FreNZy2019 we have secured almost full sponsorship for three wonderful felters who will offer several short workshops on their techniques.
However we still need our registrants to offer their unique talents too. This can be anything like: needlefelting a bird, photographing your felt, making armatures for felt, 3D felt, how to felt in a washing machine/dryer, making a snood, your particular way of making a flower etc.
Our 2019 tutors are:
Rae Woolnough – Textiles Artist
Sabin and Susan Imhasly – Felt Artists
Rae Woolnough lives in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia – Textiles Artist
Rae’s love of art and textiles has been a life long interest always having a connection with textiles and design. She has studied dressmaking, photography, life drawing, painting, interior design, and pottery, has completed a Diploma of Graphic Design & Communications and studied Fine Arts at University.
She discovered ‘felting’ 15 years ago and has since experimented and researched felt making, exploring new and different techniques and textural directions. Using a combination of various processes, she creates artworks, vessels and sculptures that attempt draw the viewer in to closely examine and explore the finer details of each piece.
Her artworks include natural products such as fine merino wool, alpaca, mohair and hand dyed silk, and the techniques of Shibori, Geode and Nuno felting.
“Landscapes are recurring themes in my artworks, the textures and formations of rocks and various vegetation are my predominate influence. I am intrigued by the irony of using the soft mediums of silk, fine fibres and felt to depict these often hard forms.
The construction of felt is similar to some natural geological processes – friction, moisture, heat and pressure work together to meld fibres and create felt.”
Her art studio backs onto a natural bushland reserve. She admits to spending too much time on her studio verandah, drinking tea, planning her next artwork and enjoying her surroundings.
Rae has exhibited her work through solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia. Her artworks are held in collections in Australia and Internationally.
She is currently the President of the Arcadian Artists Trail in North Western Sydney, an Art Trail now in its 29th year, NSW President of the Australian Textiles and Surface Design Association Inc., (ATASDA) and has been published in Textiles and Arts related magazines. Reently Rae was the feature Artist in Season 4, Episode 4 of the international Arts television program “Put Some Colour in Your Life”.
Rae has recently been engaged to create artworks for a very large international
corporation and if she tells you anything more about it, she will have to kill you.
Sabin and Susan Imhasly
Sabin Imhasly, Wellington outskirts, New Zealand, Felt Artist
and Susan Imhasly, Oakura, Taranaki, New Zealand, Felt Artist
Born and raised in the mountainous Valais region of Switzerland, Sabin and Susan Imhasly are felt artists now based in New Zealand. They are fascinated by the alchemy of the felting process during which loose, fragile wool fibres turn into a solid fabric. In their work they use both traditional nomadic and modern feltmaking techniques. Felt offers them the versatility to create fine art objects, garments, fashion accessories and interior design.
They work is strongly influenced by the organic shapes patterns and lines of nature and a desire to push boundaries. They exhibit in galleries land their work can be found in private collections. They both enjoy sharing their passion for this ancient skill and frequently run courses and workshops for all ages and abilities.
Sabin dyes wools and silks with acid- and natural colours, collecting leaves for Ecoprints. She is focusing on n atjure-inspired, exquisite, light dresses and wool paintings as well as items for sale.
Susan creates abstract, minimalistic wool “paintings” and felt items for sale – felted flower balls, Nuno scarves, pillows, flowers and house slippers – and leads workshops.