Intro to Wet Felting with Meghan Purcell
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Saturday, September 29th, 2:30-5pm
The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a
About the Class:
This 2.5 hour session is designed around the creation of a small-scale felt work. After we briefly touch on the history of wet-felting and the wool’s source, you will be guided through the techniques to turn fiber into felt.
You will be provided with local and ethically sourced wool and will create your own felted piece to take home at the end. Finished pieces can be mounted as a wall piece or used as decorative art.
In the wet felting process, hot water is applied to layers of animal hairs, while repeated agitation and compression causes the fibers to hook together or weave together into a single piece of fabric.
About the Teacher:
Through the ancient technique of wool felting, Meghan Purcell explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society. From sourcing wool locally, to being a part of each sheep shearing and felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional. Through the use of raw and found materials native to her surroundings, her innovative and texturally-rich designs redefine Western Landscape Art and transform preconceived notions about this traditional medium.
Meghan studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University - Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2011. Meghan’s work can be found in private collections and designer showrooms across the country, as well as in a myriad of group and solo exhibitions regionally. She lives and works in Livingston, Montana.