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Hello reader

First up a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful members who helped make our stall at the Perth Makers Market a fabulous success despite the terrible weather! We have laid the ground work for the Christmas shopping season and look forward to a huge November & December. Great work team.
We are spoilt for choice with up coming Workshops in July. First up is a one day workshop with Soosie Jobson on harnessing felt's brilliant ability to shrink at different rates creating 3D vessels from 2D resists whilst using the power of the circle. Hot on her heals will be a fabulous 3 day workshop with a visiting tutor Pam De Groot, many of you will know Pam from her online teaching but there is nothing quite like getting that face to face tuition. Pam is giving an Artists Talk the night before - a great opportunity to hear about Pam's work. Sue Eslick from our Skills Extension team will be teaching Craters which is the second way of using Shibori techniques in felting - the first being our mini workshop at Toss n Tell back in March - it is a great addition to any felters technique toolbox.

And for those who like to plan ahead Sue Eslick will be teaching her funky funky bags in August.

As always full details for every event are in the event which you can access from the home page.

That's all for now.

Have a great long weekend.

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Techno Babble

Hopefully these little tips will help you navigate our online systems and procedures. Request for tips taken email us: Techno Babble Requests
Workshops - Email Communications
All of the emails are sent automatically so please check your spam/junk folder if you don't receive them. When you book and pay you will receive the following:
  • New Order email
  • Completed Order email - please keep in mind if you use the Bank Transfer payment method one of our volunteer committee members has to manually check the Feltwest bank account and this takes a little longer.
  • Materials list for your workshop
One week before the workshop will receive a reminder with the materials list - just in case.
The day after the workshop you will receive our survey link.
If you have a question about orders, dates or processes email the Workshop Co-ordinator.
If you have a question about the materials list or workshop content email the Tutor.
Hope this helps. Look out for another Techno Babble next month.

Workshops - Get 'em while they're hot!

June - Still time to book

Beginners Workshop - June 19th

Beginners Workshop - June 19th


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July - Just around the corner

Come Full Circle: Sculpting with Shrinkage

July 3rd 9:30 - 4:30

with Soosie Jobson

The simplicity of the circle has endlessly fascinated humans. They are intricately woven into our existence through culture, religion, language, and design. The circle has a mystique about it- it is the perfect never ending shape as it has no beginning nor end. It is an efficient shape it covers the maximum possible area for any given perimeter or circumference. The circle gave us the wheel.

We will harness this mystique and combine it with the power of differential shrinkage to create vessels and bowls embellished with the ghost image technique.


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Come Full Circle: Sculpting with Shrinkage

Skills Extension – Craters

sara quail felt shibori

July 6th 10am - 1pm

Felted craters can be so much fun, they can be hollow, or erupting with felt or other textiles and give a fabulous deep and earthy texture to felt wall hangings or sculptures. Join us to make a felt sample with a variety of filled and hollow craters. This workshop will give participants the skills to make a larger piece using these new techniques.


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Artist Talk with Pam De Groot

July 13th 7pm - 8:30pm

After originally working as a studio potter, Pam has now worked in the field of Fibre and Textile art for almost 21 years, creating wearables, accessories and more recently sculpture. In this time she has explored new approaches to using felt, fibre, dyeing techniques and colour. She particularly pushes the boundaries of what is possible within felt making to reach …

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Artist Talk with Pam De Groot

Surface Form & Space

July 14th - 16th

9:30am - 4:30pm

a workshop with Pam De Groot

This workshop will explore the relationship of wool dimension and space to create undulating forms. Drawing on your own skill in the sculptural aspects of wool, investigate the power of shape, connections. You will discover how to vastly alter the surface of felt, through adding components or foreign objects.
Some experience in felt making is preferred.


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Surface Form & Space

August - Will be here before you know it!

Funky Bags

Funky Bags

August 6th & 7th

9:30am - 4:30pm

a workshop with Sue Eslick

In this two day class we will create a unique strong three dimensional felt bag.

You will learn how to create different shapes and designs from a single, simple template by applying different thicknesses of wool, and cutting the template in different places. We will felt around the resist to make a hollow form which will form the basis for our bag. The application of additional design elements such as pockets and reinforced handles will be covered.


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