Leah Adams, a member of SDA in Washington, creates distinctive fiber art with handmade felt. Inspired by textures observed in the everyday world, from leaded windows to roof shingles, each piece is at once sculptural, functional and whimsical. Learning from methodical exploration and happy accidents, Leah feeds on ideas gathered from the small people working at her side, students in her workshops and accomplished artists working around the world. Leaving the doors to inspiration wide open, her art grows with each suggestion and comment made by those in her surroundings.
Leah offers classes at her Spark Studio in Ballard (Seattle.) Looking for a special treat? How about a weekend of felting on Whidbey Island?
Nunofelt Basics – a two-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School
April 26 & 27, 2014; 9-4pm
$255, material fee $40, registration fee $15
Felting wool through a base fabric creates a new cloth, both warm and flexible and often with a puckered or ruffled texture. Nunofelt offers structure and support to a thin piece of felt, allowing a fabric that is lighter than would be possible with pure wool.
In this two day workshop, students will create several samples to understand the method and textures possible using this technique. Using these samples as a point of departure, they will create create a scarf, shrug or wrap.
WA SDA member, Janice Arnold, is installing her exhibit “Palace Yurt: Deconstructed” on the Evergreen campus.
Palace Yurt was a site specific installation at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and featured in the NY Times Arts section. A contemporary translation of traditional Mongolian structures, Palace Yurt was the centerpiece of the museum’s 2009 Fashioning Felt exhibition. Janice, an Evergreen alumna, is re-installing the exhibition in the TESC gallery on the Evergreen State College campus. The exhibition gives visitors a rare look behind the scenes of this groundbreaking work of textile art, including many pieces from the original installation. See how it all came together, from inspiration to logistics and technical drawings, the raw materials to the full artistic vision.
The SDA South Sound meeting on October 22 will feature a talk by Janice describing the making of this installation, as well as a tour. All SDA members are welcome to join in this opportunity, starting at 12 noon at the Evergreen Gallery.
The exhibition opens Oct 10 and runs thru Dec 11, 2013 with an Opening reception Oct 10th from 5-7pm. The Evergreen Gallery is located in the Evergreen State College Library building, main entry level, room 2204.
For more photos and video of the installation at Evergreen, go to (and LIKE) the JA Felt page on Facebook or Janice’s website at http://www.jafelt.com/palaceyurt.html
Janice will also be giving a lecture at Evergreen on November 20, 2013 from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Lecture Hall 1, as part of the Everngreen State College Art Lecture Series.