Eco Print Felt Bags with Dawn Edwards
Time & Location
About the event
Dawn Edwards Artist Bio: Dawn Edwards is a felt artist and tutor based in Plainwell, Michigan. She sells her work under the label ‘Felt So Right’ and teaches extensively within the USA and internationally. Dawn also is the co-coordinator of the not-for-profit group, 'Felt United', which currently has over 7,000 members world-wide. Dawn’s felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines and books most recently in the Fiber Art Now magazine’s Felt: Fiber Transformed 2019; the 2017, 2018 and 2019 issues of the Australian 'FELT' Magazine, (which included her felt pine cone hat on the cover). Numerous images of Dawn’s hats, as well as an interview were featured in Issue 127, June 2017 of the International Feltmakers Association ‘Felt Matters’ journal. Several images of Dawn's work, as well as a color essay, shared the pages of the new tri-lingual book published by Ellen Bakker/Textile-link, 'Worldwide Colours of Felt'.
Eco-Printed Purses: Using natural Merino wool top, we will create beautiful eco-printed purses using the wet-felting method. We’ll finish our bags the morning of day two, so that we’re ready to begin the eco-printing process, and put our bundles into the dye pot before breaking for lunch.
Perhaps you’re wondering what eco-printing (also called botanical or contact printing) might be. Well, quite simply, it refers to leaves and plant matter that print when bundled and simmered for a period of time. Eco-printing differs from ‘natural dyeing’…while both use natural plant materials, natural dyeing more commonly results in a fabric being dyed in one particular color. With eco-printing, you will actually see the wonderful leaf prints on your piece, some…Eucalyptus leaves actually print in bright color. Eco-printing is gaining in popularity all around the world…Come and find out why.
* On day two, our bags will simmer for several hours and then need to cool in the dye bath, so we’ll break for lunch during part of this time. If you’d like to bring along a heavy-weight undyed silk scarf (Habotai or Charmeuse print well) or two, you may also bundle and print those so that you have a matching bag and scarf set (if so, make sure to bring along extra dowels for bundling).
Our bags will be ready to come out of the dye pot by the end of day two.
Skill Level for this workshop: Suitable for all levels. Some standing involved. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion, but you may sit for this if you’d like. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Class fee: $350 includes some materials and lunch. A full supplies list (including materials provided by Wool-ology) will be available as we get closer to class date. Please call shop at 413-350-5158 for more information. Pre-registration is required for all classes; you can register by calling shop or online at www.woolology.info
- Nature Vessels$350$3500$0