Wall Hanging; A Painterly approach to Felting
with visiting artist Alison McCreesh
(from Yellowknife, NWT)
This workshop touches on basic wet felting and needle felting techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring
photos or images that are inspiring to them (landscapes, animals, etc.).
Part 1 – Wet felting:
During this part of the workshop, each participant will create a sheet of felt. We will discuss wool as a medium
and how to approach it. Participants will get to play with different colours and wool textures from a painterly
approach and will work to create a unique sheet of felt and pieces of prefelt which they will them assemble in
accordance with their design.
For this part of the workshop, it is necessary to have a source of water and a source of electricity.
Part 2 – Needle felting:
The participants are introduced to needle felting; how it can be used to draw or sculpt. The participants then
needle felt a design onto a piece of synthetic felt. We once again experiment with ways of layering and
superimposing various colours to create light, depth and texture. Participants will use these new skills to
complete and add definition to the sheets they made.This workshop touches on basic wet felting and needle felting techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or images that are inspiring to them (landscapes, animals, etc.).
Dates/ times: Feb 7, 6-9pm & Feb 8, 7-9pm.
Location: KIAC Classroom
Cost (includes GST): $48 KIAC Members
$52 non members
Supplies: All supplies provided
Artist Bio :
Alison McCreesh is a fibre artist, cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Yellowknife. Very much influenced her surroundings, the artist’s work generally reflects the quirks, humour and particularities of living North of the 60th parallel. As a fibre artist, Alison has participated in several artist residencies including in Greenland and in Finland and her fibre work has been exhibited in several non-commercial galleries in Canada and internationally, most recently in a solo exhibition in Petrozavodsk, Russia.
As a graphic artist, writer and illustrator, Alison is the author of two books. Her debut full length graphic novel titled ‘Ramshackle, A Yellowknife Story’ (2015) and explores the reality in living off grid in what is otherwise a modern government town. Her second book, Norths, Two suitcases and a Stroller around the Circumpolar World (2018) is based on six months of travel North of 60 with partner and small child. Both books are published by Conundrum press.
*Payment required to reserve a spot. Register at KIAC or call 993-5005, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm