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Form Felt Lab

Experiments in felting in the round

Great news this morning: received the outcome of the Market Assessment! It’s official – we’re going ahead with prototyping and manufacturing a studio model of the Form Felting Machine for Designer/Feltmakers!

An interview with Sam Van Schie of the Nelson Star, revisits the Form Felt Lab story and tells about the company’s efforts to raise funds for prototyping through on-line crowd-sourcing project at IndieGoGo.com.

Loxam-Kohl immerses herself in her work.

Form Felt Lab launches IndieGoGo on-line crowd-funding project to support commercialization of a studio-model for professional Designer/Feltmakers.

For more information on the project, visit www.indiegogo.com/Form-Felt-Lab

Read the story behind the invention, peruse the limited-edition felted-wool perks created for the project, make a contribution if you’re inspired to, and spread the word!

Be sure to share with the fibre artists and professional Designer/Felt-makers in your life. This technology has the potential to expand their creative and productive outputs and improve their quality of life. Help me get it into their hands.

One of many perks offered to contributors.
Felt-wool wrapped glass bottle.

I am offering a two-day intensive on felting wool in-the-round at Oxygen Art Centre on Sat/Sun, March 26/27 from 10am-4pm.

This workshop introduces methods for creating simple 3-D forms directly from wool batting, without the need for additional processes. The workshop will focus on basic techniques for felting three-dimensional forms by hand, and the making and use of specialized and improvised tools. Using the 3-D felting techniques, participants will be able to felt simple forms that can be applied in the making of hats, handbags, basket-like containers, toys, and other items.

A slide show, samples of suitable objects and felted pieces will be shown in the first session. This workshop is an intermediate-level course. Prior felting experience is recommended.

Instructor: Deborah Loxam-Kohl
Cost: $120 + HST; $20 materials fee paid to instructor
Location: Oxygen Art Centre at #3, 320 Vernon St (alley entrance)

Register through Kootenay School of the Arts at 250.352.2821.

Samples of hand-manipulated form felted wool.

A post-residency interview with Bill Metcalfe from arts.in.the.koots. Full interview available on podcast (a reasonable alternative if you missed the artist’s talk) and lots of images of the installation!

The Sound of... (silence)

Installation view of 'The Sound of... (silence)' with artist and inventor Deborah Loxam-Kohl.

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