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Felt United 2016…October 1 is fast approaching…

 

Well, it’s hard to believe but our 2016 Felt United day is just a little over two months away. Yes, Saturday, October 1, 2016 is just around the corner. I hope that you are enjoying this year’s theme, ‘Naked Beauty – A Celebration of Felt and Fibre in Beautiful Varied Natural Colours’.  If you haven’t yet begun to formulate your submission for this year’s theme, I’ve attached several fabulous images to whet your appetite and hope that you will find inspiration through these photos. And, the good news…You still have time to submit your image…..Just pull out that stash of undyed wool and let the creativity flow. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing your vision for this year’s theme.

When you have a minute, do head over to Facebook to see the submissions (from this year and year’s past) from Felt United members all around the world. We look forward to seeing many more photos on our Felt United Facebook page. We also love hearing how you might celebrate International Felt United Day (October 1). Once you’ve made your plans, please be sure to paste a link to your event on the Felt United Events page so that others in your area are made aware of what’s taking place.

Please remember when adding your photos to the Facebook page for this year’s theme, we’re accepting entries with felt created exclusively from fibre which has not been dyed; wool, alpaca, yak, camel, goat, dogs hair, whatever takes your fancy so long as it is the natural colour directly from the animal. For this challenge we also request that any embellishing fibres used are not dyed; silk, tencel, linen, ramie, hemp, milk fibre etc., etc.

We wish everyone all the best for Felt United 2016. Let’s make this a celebration of all that’s natural and an homage to the many wonderful sheep breeds and fibre producing animals that there are out there!

Here’s to creativity, worldwide friendships, and of course, our love of feltmaking. Looking forward to your continued 2016 Felt United interpretations.

Together, We Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

 

 

Happy 2015 Felt United Day!

While it’s still Friday here in Michigan, the calendar page has already turned in some areas of the world, making it Felt United Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015. In fact, my good friend and co-coordinator of Felt United, Nicola Brown, just happens to be in Australia, where she’s been teaching this past week. So happy Felt United Day, Nicola. And, wherever you are, our very best wishes for a most happy Felt United Day!

Please be sure to post your photos and celebration images onto the Felt United Facebook page. We will try to get to the approval of those photos in as timely a fashion as possible. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing to celebrate the day, I hope that you will enjoy every minute, knowing that your felting friends from around the world are celebrating right along with you. I know that we’re all looking forward to seeing how the day unfolds around the globe.

Felt United has been a gift to many of us, kindling friendships as we share in our love of felting. Did you know that we now have over 5,600 members? It is wonderful to know that we share this common bond.

Be sure to check in to see the many fantastic ‘Home’ inspired photos already posted on our Felt United Facebook page. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this year’s theme and we thank you all for so generously sharing your heart and talents with the group. You are such an inspiration.

Here’s to creativity, worldwide friendships, and of course, feltmaking.

Together, we Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

Felt United 2015…Less Than Two Months Away. What Are Your Celebration Plans?

Well, I don’t know about you, but here in Michigan the summer is just flying by, and though I know that it’s not summer in all areas of the world, the days certainly seem to zip by. Can you believe that our 2015 Felt United day is less than two months away? Yes, Saturday, October 3, 2015 will be here before we know it! I hope that you have begun to formulate your

This year's Felt United theme, 'Home'.

This year’s Felt United theme, ‘Home’.

thoughts and ideas as to how this year’s theme, ‘Home’, might be reflected in your felt work.

Nicola and I hope that you are feeling inspired by this year’s ‘Home’ theme. If you haven’t had a chance to see this year’s entries-to-date, I’ve attached several images below to pique your interest in the hopes that you might head over to Facebook to see submissions from Felt United members all around the world. We look forward to seeing many more photos on our Felt United Facebook page. We also love hearing how you might celebrate International Felt United Day (October 3). Have you begun to make plans? Perhaps an exhibition, a collaborative effort, or a gathering with friends, family, and/or feltmakers to share your love of felting. Once you’ve made your plans, please be sure to paste a link to your event on the Felt United Events page so that others in your area are made aware of what’s taking place.

Please remember when adding your photos to the Facebook page, that if it’s not readily apparent as to how your submission relates to the ‘Home’ theme, to add a short explanation.

Here’s to creativity, worldwide friendships, and of course, our love of feltmaking. Looking forward to your continued 2015 Felt United ‘Home’ interpretations.

Together, We Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

Our 2015 Felt United Theme is…’HOME’

Greetings all! Well, can you believe it? It’s time to announce this year’s Felt United theme, which for 2015 will be … ‘HhomeOME’. What does home mean to you? The word likely brings up different images for each and every one of us, so we greatly look forward to seeing how you define and interpret ‘Home’. It may be an actual geographical place, or perhaps a place you envision only in your imagination. It may be a source of identity or a state of being. It may be a feeling of security/insecurity, comfort or pain.  Whatever you envision, we invite you to explore through your felt creations, what the word ‘Home’ means to you.

Just a reminder that Felt United is celebrated around the world on the first Saturday of October, this year, October 3, 2015. In addition to your photos, which we look forward to seeing on the Felt United Facebook page, please also consider how you might be able to share your love of feltmaking with others. Perhaps a collaborative effort, or a gathering with other feltmakers to share your love of felting through an exhibition, perhaps an open studio, or something as simple as inviting a neighbor/friend over to see what you do. Whatever you decide to do in celebration on October 3, 2015, know that your feltmaking friends are celebrating in some way all around the world. Please be sure to paste a link to your event on the Felt United Events page.

Lastly, just a few reminders, regarding Felt United membership:

“Acceptance into the Felt United group indicates that you agree to post photos of felt inspired by the current theme only (this year’s theme is ‘Home’). In order to have your photo approved and posted to the Felt United Facebook page, we are requiring that all submissions include a short explanation of how the image relates to the ‘Home’ theme. Do not upload images with links to selling sites. We ask that you give due consideration and thought into what you post and make this a meaningful experience for all. Again, this year, we would request that you limit your photos to no more than three images per submission and we would appreciate no more than one submission per week to be uploaded by any individual member due to the rapid expansion of our group (now at over 5,300 members…wow!).

Here’s to creativity, worldwide friendships, and of course, feltmaking. We hope that you will find this year’s theme, as with the themes of years past, to be a path for us to get to know one another better….this year by learning about you and your connection to home.

Together, We Felt United.

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

Your Felt United Co-Administrators

Happy Felt United Day!!!!

IMG_5460While it’s still Friday here, I know that some of you are turning the page on Friday and have moved on to Saturday, October 4, 2014 in your area of the world. Wherever you are, we are sending our best  wishes for a very Happy Felt United Day! Be sure to post your photos onto the Felt United Facebook page. We will try to get to the approval of those photos in as timely a fashion as possible….both Nicola and I will be felting the day away. too, so we’ll add photos just as soon as we finish our respective days. Nicola is hosting a fabulous day at Clasheen in Ireland where they’ll be creating a fantastic collaborative wall hanging, enjoying a potluck supper and having a fun stash swap/sale. Wish that I could be in two places at once….sounds like such fun! And, I am with felt artist, Robbin Firth, of Heartfelt Silks, where we’ll be felting and eco-printing felt hats in Hudson, Wisconsin, located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing to celebrate the day, I hope that you will enjoy every minute, knowing that your felting friends around the world are celebrating right along with you. I know that we’re all looking forward to seeing how the day unfolds around the globe.

It’s been a great week leading up to Felt United Day…We’ve gained many new members (can you believe that we’re nearing 5,000 members?) and have had many wonderful Peace inspired photos posted. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this year’s Peace theme, which was inspired by the late humanitarian, Nelson Mandela.

We thank you all for so generously sharing your heart and talents with the group. You are such an inspiration.

Here’s to creativity, peace, worldwide friendships, and of course, feltmaking.

Together, we Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

Felt United 2014 … Two Months (and a tad) and Counting

Can you believe that Felt United day is just a little over two months away? Yes, Saturday, October 4, 2014 will be here before we know it! I hope that you have begun to formulate your thoughts and ideas as to how this year’s theme, Peace, might be represented in your felt work. We’ve heard from a few of you that this year’s theme is in some ways, more challenging….How to interpret such a subjective theme in your felt work. But, as always, you are more than rising to the occasion…in wonderful and thoughtful ways. I’ll share a few of the images of the ‘Peace’ related felt art that have already been submitted at the end of this post. And, if you wish to read more about those images and/or the artists who created them, just head over to the Felt United Facebook page.

We hope that you are being inspired by this year’s theme and we look forward to seeing more photos. We also love hearing how you might celebrate International Felt United Day (October 4). Have you begun to make plans yet? Perhaps an exhibition, a collaborative effort, or a gathering with other feltmakers to share your love of felting, or ????? The possibilities are endless. Once you make your plans, please be sure to paste a link to your event on the Felt United Events page so that others in your area are aware of what’s going on.

Please remember when adding your photos to the Facebook page, that if it’s not readily apparent as to how your submission relates to the ‘Peace’ theme, to add a short explanation.

Here’s to creativity, peace, worldwide friendships, and of course, feltmaking. Looking forward to your continued 2014 Felt United ‘Peace’ interpretations.

Together, We Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

 

 

Our 2014 Felt United Theme is…..’Peace’!

‘It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world…and at peace with myself.’ ~ Nelson Mandela. WORLD PEACE

Inspired by the above quote, our 2014 Felt United theme is ‘Peace’!

Nicola Brown and I (Dawn Edwards) have been friends for a number of years, meeting long ago over the internet through our love of feltmaking. We have had great fun during our years of getting to know one another, along with visits to one another’s homes/countries, having just recently spent several weeks together…I at her house, she at mine. During this time, we of course discussed this year’s Felt United theme. We’ve really enjoyed the color and elemental themes of years past, but thought that it might be a good time to put forth a more subjective theme. What we came up with: ‘Peace’ inspired by Nelson Mandela. We feel that it is a very relevant topic, and one that offers you much artistic freedom, and at the same time, it is a theme that will require some thought.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, and many of us have been drawn to one of his great legacies, ‘Peace’. Mandela showed us how to disarm violence, and demonstrated great strength and conviction in the doing. His greatest legacy was the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. Somehow, even in the midst of hatred and/or despair, and living more than a quarter of his life in confinement, he preferred nonviolent protest actions, coupled with conviction, strength and dignity. What an amazing human being, and though he has left us, his spirit will continue to guide us.

We hope that you will be inspired by this year’s theme and we look forward to seeing your photos and hearing how you might celebrate International Felt United Day. Felt United is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October…this year’s date being October 4, 2014. Have you begun to make plans yet? Perhaps an exhibition, a collaborative effort, or a gathering with other feltmakers to share your love of felting, or ????? The possibilities are endless. Once you decide, be sure to paste a link to your event on the Felt United Events page.

When adding your photos to the Felt United Facebook page, if it’s not readily apparent as to how your submission relates to the ‘Peace’ theme, please add a short explanation. We have many, many talented artists in our group and I envision numerous creative interpretations on the theme. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind over at the Facebook Felt United page at times….we’ve been growing by leaps and bounds – now at over 4,200 members – and as always happens with rapid growth, we’re still trying to navigate how best to keep up with this amazing surge and change. We’re very pleased with the growth of Felt United, but you can imagine that Nicola and I are limited by the amount of time that we are able to spend on the computer on any given day (we receive no pay as Page Administrators, so do need to work in order to put food on the table and wool in our stash ;-). Due to the considerable amount of time that it takes to monitor Felt United, we do delete photos that don’t appear to be in keeping with the theme. Our apologies if we’ve ever deleted a photo that was related, but not readily apparent to us. Your adding a short explanation to your photos will really help us out. Also, just a few reminders, newly implemented this year…so if you haven’t checked the membership rules recently, you may not be aware of these:

“Acceptance into the Felt United  group indicates that you agree only to post pictures of felt inspired by the current theme, ‘Peace’, and we ask that when posting pictures, to please make sure to leave a short note describing the ‘Peace’ connection/inspiration. Please do not upload images with links to selling sites and also limit the volume of images that you post so as to give equal access to everyone. We ask that you give due consideration and thought into what you post and make this a meaningful experience for all. Our request for 2014 is that you limit your photos to no more that three images per submission and we would appreciate not more that one submission per week to be uploaded by any individual member due to the rapid expansion of our group.”

I love Jan Waller’s thoughts on this year’s theme. I’ll share a snippet of her note. She states, ‘I think we will see a much wider range of work this year, the theme is much more subjective and I for one welcome it, otherwise we will just have hundreds of doves and peace signs. This is a great theme that allows artists to open up their minds and interpret……I don’t mind explaining how my work fits into the theme, but I also don’t want to be spoon fed what to think of another artist’s work – I like artwork to make me think….we will see a lot more of that this time around. It does raise an interesting question – is it for the artist to explain or for the viewer to interpret?’ Great question and thoughts Jan….Can’t wait to see your submission.

In closing….a little video  that I think you’ll enjoy….at about the four-minute mark you will hear Nelson Mandela’s quote, ‘’It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world…and at peace with myself.’ Nelson Mandela will live on as a symbol of peace, hope, and of change for so many around the world. A lot to think on as you go about creating your Felt United submission(s)….perhaps even a bit challenging, yes? Putting my thinking cap on right along with you.

Here’s to creativity, peace, worldwide friendships, and of course, feltmaking. Looking forward to your 2014 Felt United interpretations.

Together, we Felt United,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

 

Happy Felt United Day!

While I have yet to go to bed to close out my Friday, I know that some of you are already waking to Saturday, October 5, 2013. So, I’m sending out my wishes to all of you for a very Happy Felt United Day! Be sure to post your photos onto the Felt United Facebook page. I know that we’re all looking forward to seeing how the day unfolds around the globe.

It’s been a great week leading up to Felt United Day…We gained over 150 new members this week and have had many, many wonderful photos posted. Thank you all so much for being such a welcoming group and also for your willingness to share your talents. You never cease to inspire me.

One more note of thanks….a big note…Thank you Elis Vermeulen and Cynthia Reynolds for dreaming up Felt United. It’s been such a joy in my life. So Happy Felt United to both of you, too…You did such a good thing.

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Cynthia Reynolds

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Marvelous photo of Elis…And, it still fits in with this year’s ‘Water’ theme.

Wishing all of you a most wonderful day, as…
We Felt United

Happy Felting all,

Dawn Edwards and Nicola Brown

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Nicola and Dawn at the Grand Rapids, Michigan airport

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The Rumi quote on the vessel states, ‘Leave the stream and join the river that flows into the Ocean. It will not lead you astray. Let the beauty you seek be what you do.’

Counting Down to Felt United Day…October 5, 2013

Well, we’re less than a week away from the 5th Annual Felt United Day which takes place on Saturday. Wow! How did that year zip by so quickly? Did it for you, too? I hope that you have made plans to commemorate the day in some way…The possibilities are endless. Perhaps you’re taking part in an exhibit, an Open House at your home or studio, a fashion show, a collaboration with other felt artists, a feltmaking demonstration for friends and family, teaching, or simply brewing yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoying all of the images on our Facebook Felt United page. There’s certainly plenty of inspiration out there. Thank you to all who have already posted or who soon will be.

Be sure to note the Facebook Felt United Events page, too, as there are several posts listed for events in Latvia, Lithuania, Scotland, and two right here in Michigan. If you haven’t listed your event as yet, there’s still time to do so and we would certainly welcome that.

There are many wonderful images on our Facebook page depicting this year’s

Splash! by Pam de Groot

Splash! by Pam de Groot

theme; WATER…And, more will be forthcoming as FeltUnited unfolds. Please be sure to share your photos…We can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on! Oh, and speaking of photos, don’t you love Pam de Groot’s fun ‘Splash’? It’s marvelous!!! See additional photos of ‘Splash’ on Pam’s Facebook page.

Together – We Felt United!

Happy Felting all,

Dawn and Nicola

2013 FELT UNITED…THINKING ABOUT WATER

It’s raining here this morning and all of the water has me thinking about FeltUnited and wondering what you might be planning as a way to celebrate Felt United on October 5, 2013. Perhaps an open studio, working on a collaborative effort, sharing your felting knowledge with family, friends and community, a fashion show…The possibilities are as deep as the ocean.

Nicola and I are so pleased with all of the creative felt images posted to the Facebook FeltUnited page. I love water, so it’s been great to focus on this most necessary element and to see your interpretations. Of all of the places on earth that bring me the greatest joy, I’d have to say that those moments generally involve water. Where do I go if  I’ve had a stressful week? A drive to Lake Michigan and a stroll on the beach….Seems to put life into perspective and calms me. How do I typically end the day? With a hot, relaxing shower. Favorite vacations with family and friends? Almost all involve water … Niagara Falls, Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Grand Cayman, etc. Looking back, I’ve always been drawn to water. Images of water fill my mind….The excitement that I felt on my first ever passport related trip last year to visit great buddy and FeltUnited partner, Nicola Brown…and flying over Dublin Bay just before landing. Why, it gave me goosebumps! And, then this year’s trip to visit Joni in Australia….and the most magnificent of sights imaginable…The beauty of the Great Ocean Road and the sight of the limestone stack formations of the Twelve Apostles created through erosion by the water, was truly one of the most spectacular sights that I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.  All have feelings/emotions connected through images of water, and it’s so interesting to see all of the various takes on this  shown through your beautiful photos on our Facebook FeltUnited page. Thank you so much for uniting through this year’s theme….Nicola and I appreciate your thoughtful submissions greatly.

Water, such a necessary part of life…we can’t live without it. It’s one of the four known basic elements. And, while I love water, and find it inspiring, I also know that as with all of the elements, including wind, fire, and earth, it holds destructive powers, too… too much and flooding occurs, too little, droughts and the devastation that it causes, and we’ve certainly seen both instances in recent days. Sue Hale (GlitterGirl Feltworks on Facebook) submitted the attached photo of her water themed piece, “Seiche”. Sue gave us some background information on her submission, stating that, ‘A seiche is a standing wave in an enclosed, or partially enclosed, body of water. In 1912, my hometown of South Haven, Michigan experienced this phenomenon. The wave was reported to be almost 20 feet high and destroyed bath houses on the beach as well as sweeping small craft out of the river.’  South Haven is about an hour from my home, yet I had never heard of this phenomenon. Thank you Sue for your amazing submission.

I’m also so taken by Ingrid Garrod’s (Leiden, the Netherlands) felt water pot. Ingrid states that her ‘Water Pot’ is, ‘A tribute to the countless women who walk long distances to collect water for their families.’ Ingrid’s thoughtful contribution serves as a reminder that those of us who are fortunate enough to turn the handle of a faucet and have water appear are very blessed indeed. Many around the world do not have that luxury. Thank you Ingrid.

And, so much skill and effort went into Galina Blazejewska’s (Kołobrzeg, Poland) gorgeous ‘Under the Sea’ felt coat. Thank you for adding such beauty to our FeltUnited page, Galina.

So, what will be your take on water? Please continue to post your photos on our FeltUnited Facebook page, and remember when doing so to write a brief explanation of how your piece relates to water. We love hearing about the thought processes that went into your creation. Also, just a quick mention that if you’re not yet a member of the FeltUnited Facebook group, please just click on the link and request to join….We’d love to have you included…We Felt United.

Looking forward to seeing what’s in your mind’s eye for this year’s FeltUnited theme…Water…

Happy felting all….

Dawn Edwards

Our 2013 FeltUnited theme is WATER!!!

We are thrilled to announce that the theme for this years FeltUnited day is WATER!!! On Saturday 5th October 2013 people from all around the globe will join together to celebrate working with felt, why don’t you join us and share in the fun? There are many ways in which you can celebrate our wonderful yet ancient craft, here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

  • show your felt to your neighbours, to your family, to an audience
  • hang a felt piece on your front door or in a gallery
  • decorate a fence, statue, building, park or yourself!
  • plan a workshop
  • teach children and adults how to felt
  • talk about felt
  • write an article about felt or the makers
  • get others involved – a community project, an open studio, a ‘felt-in’
  • collaborate with a felter in another city, country on another planet
  • enjoy felt!

In the meanwhile, our Facebook page is now open for comments, thoughts and ideas for the 2013 event. We also welcome pictures of felt inspired by our new theme, WATER, when posting pictures please make sure to leave a short description saying exactly HOW your piece got its inspiration. NB As moderators of the Facebook group we reserve the right to remove any picture without consultation if we feel it does not conform to the 2013 theme.

2013 FeltUnited inspired nuno felt dress

An example of the sort of picture we welcome, Nika Ivanoff and her son working on a water inspired felt dress

Please check out the guidelines for joining the group if you have any questions in this regard as we do not want to offend anyone unintentionally or remove pictures unnecessarily. Also please note, in deference to others it would be appreciated if group members do not post multiple pictures of similar items one after the other, we want to make sure that everybody has an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the group!

Your new FeltUnited team!

Dear all,

Let me start by introducing myself just in case you are wondering, ‘Who is this Dawn Edwards’? I live in a small town of about 4,000 people in Plainwell, Michigan, 2.5 hours from Detroit, 3 hours to Chicago, and I have been felting approximately eight years now, having loved it from the very beginning. I can’t explain exactly what draws me to it so, but I know that it is like a magnet….pulling me towards it most every day, and when I’m not ‘with it’, I’m thinking about it. So now you know, I have a one-track mind!

I must say that I’m so honored to have been asked to jump on board with FeltUnited, as I love everything that it stands for…Love that it involves felting, and through our shared passion, helps to connect people in a world where it sometimes seems hard to make connections, to forge strong bonds. And, I know for a fact, that this platform has the power to do that. I have found some of my dearest friends through feltmaking and for that I am so very grateful.

Speaking of friends, I am thrilled to be working with long-time friend, Nicola Brown, who I met online through feltmaking some years back, me following her wonderful blog, and also joining in on some of her felt swaps, later having her teach here in my hometown (several times), and then me traveling to Ireland to teach there just last Spring. It’s amazing to me that we’ve had these opportunities through the gift of feltmaking and I’m looking forward to adding this new component to our friendship. Thank you Nicola for partnering with me on this new adventure. We’ll navigate this path much better than my sense of driving directions!!!

While excited about this new opportunity, I must admit to being a bit nervous, too. Someone entrusting you with something that they love, and have created, is a big responsibility. So, thank you Elis and Cynthia, for entrusting me/us to continue on this path that you so lovingly began. And, I say that, because there was never any pay involved…no one knows the many countless hours that you poured your heart and soul into this project…devoting your time and energy to it because it felt like the right thing to do…and you loved feltmaking…and in turn, loved us, too…Knowing that somehow felt held the power to bond people right along with those wonderful wool fibers.

I read once that feltmaking was in ancient days thought to have magical powers. And, I can totally understand that….It has been magic to me… having led me on some of the most amazing journeys. And, I hope that for each of you reading this post, that if you haven’t as yet experienced the magic of felt, that it is just around the next bend for you and your life.

Please be a bit patient with us as we embark on this new journey of FeltUnited, and all that goes along with it. Nicola and I will need a little time to get up to speed, put our heads together, and then we hope that you will join us in the celebration of all things felt, both the fiber and the friendships….as we begin the planning of FeltUnited 2013.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart dear Elis and Cynthia, for a job so much more than well done…You dreamed the dream, put it into motion, saw it through to this point, and are now turning it over to two entirely different dreamers. Thank you for your friendship and your generous heart(s), and once again, for giving me wings to fly.

With a grateful heart…
Much love,
Dawn

Dear Fellow Felters,
Greetings from the other half of this new FeltUnited partnership!
My name is Nicola Brown and I live in a quiet, rural community in south eastern Ireland. My introduction to felting came in August 2007 when a Spanish girl living locally asked me if she could facilitate felting workshops for children at a sustainable festival I was involved in organising. Immediately I agreed with one provision, adults be allowed to participate too! I’d seen two small flat felt pictures that a friend had made in art college and had vowed at the time to learn more about the ancient technique of wet felting. After that first session at the festival I was hooked, the facilitator Carmen Sanchez Padron has become one of my best friends and an exciting textile journey had begun.
Since then I’ve participated and organised many Irish and international workshops and symposiums, a vital way for me to learn new skills and make friends in the greater felting community. I have been teaching once or twice each year in California, Michigan and Kentucky since facilitating my first US workshop in 2009 and this year I added a residential week in Portugal to my regular schedule. One of my greatest achievements to date has been encouraging Dawn to get a passport!!! Having her visit me this year in Ireland and teach two workshops was wonderful, now the ice is broken she’s already got her bags packed for a return trip in March 2013! Blogging and participating actively on Facebook and other social media sites has allowed me engage with an ever widening group of felters and artists worldwide, it’s just wonderful to put faces to the names when we meet at various events throughout the year! I absolutely love felting by myself at home or in my studio every day if possible and being active online is an amazing tool to reach out and learn from or offer support to anyone, anywhere, at any time of the day or night. I’ve also had the opportunity to self-publish two felting books with a UK friend; the internet really is an incredible facility to introduce like minded people to each other.
It’s also true that many artists at times feel isolated, especially if they live in remote areas or practice a discipline that has not traditionally been a craft in their region. FeltUnited is a marvellous movement that helps us connect and engage with others who already love to explore the possibilities of working with wool and see how far they can push the felting boundaries. Elis and Cynthia have blazed a trail that Dawn and I are so incredibly honoured to follow. Working with Dawn is going to be a blast, we really tick on the same wavelength and I’m so looking forward to the journey together!
Thanks Elis and Cynthia from the bottom of my heart for having the confidence in us to hand over the reins and encouraging us to continue the amazing work that you have started. We really will do everything in our power to continue holding out the hand of friendship and uniting people through our love of felting. Please bear with us folks as Dawn and I move forwards, it’s going to take some time and hard work to really get to grips with the power of FeltUnited but I know with your support we’ll have fun while we’re doing it.

 

 

Whoa!

Okay, brace yourselves.;) Cynthia and I decided it is time to say goodbye. It is time for others to take over FeltUnited, time for new blood. ..Ok.. that sounds a bit creepy.. grinning..

So we looked for people who would want and love to take over FeltUnited and we found them. Through the years we worked on this global event, the friendship between Cynthia and I was always the key, it ruled every decision. And I am happy that the ones taking over are friends too. Both felters, both kind and both hard workers.

Cynthia and I have had a good time working together and I will surely miss that. We loved getting to know so many people and we were, every year, amazed by the amount of participants, about how enthusiastic people all over the globe worked on this FeltUnited day, the amazing things people did and made. How  the love you all have of this medium felt, had no boundaries and took no notice of borders and we thank you for you and for all you did. You rocked the world.

We will be working on the background for a little while but will both be busy concentrating on other things, family and work. Cynthia is busy on a variety of projects both in the studio, as well as in her kitchen, and as always focusing on family life. And I am focussing on work and on travels and teaching but also enjoying a bit of rest after working on an Installation project from which Duinvlegels made a short video which will go online here today(!) as a farewell.

So this post is about saying farewell and about saying welcome!…

Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce to you as your new FeltUnited team..Dawn Edwards from the US and Nicola Brown from Ireland!! (trumpets guys!) From now on you can ask them any question you want!:)  Dawn and Nicola, we wish you all the best and don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

x

Elis Vermeulen from Duinvlegels on Vimeo.

Happy FeltUnited day everyone!

The fire is on!

Let’s make it a really good one!

 

So cool!

Every year we all enjoyed seeing the cool, lovley, different and beautiful pieces from amazing people around the globe and we hope you are full of ideas and plans and doing the global collaboration or talking thing again this year. If you have any shots or stories to share about this year’s FeltUnited day you can do that on the FeltUnited facebook page. we are looking forward to your posts with this fiery theme.

If you want to let us all know what you are organizing or want to attrackt more people you can post your event on the exhibitions page here on the site or send us an email and we will do it for you. Also if you want to share your Blog post about FeltUnited on the facebook page feel free!

Some lovely shots from the year 2010 which had the theme, From yellow to blue.

Canada – Trine Schioldan

USA – Pat Spark

Chile – Daniela Rieloff

UK – Angela Mehlert

Czech Republic – Marina MundryanPoland Dorota Jarocka

Germany – Susanne Rens

Italy – Ruth Baumer

Netherlands – Truus Huijbregts

Japan – Jorie Johnson

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