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01/10/2020 @ 6:30 pm 04/10/2020 @ 4:30 pm

In this 3.5-day class (one 2-hour evening session followed by three full days), you will make a rug inspired by design principles of the ‘Mandala’ (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘circle’).  Mandala designs appear in many cultures and reflect a well-balanced composition of individual parts that come together to form an integrated whole. 

In this in-depth class, we explore a distinctive approach to design and mark-making techniques unique to the felt medium. Particular foci include colour blending and fibre effects, pattern inlay & shading, raised surfaces, and the textural effects of elementary stitch. Learn how these and other possibilities for surface design in felt are intentionally applied at various stages of the process.

This class aims to expand your creative process and ‘felt vocabulary’; the focus is on ‘quality in creativity’, the results are distinctive designs and textural effects in rugs that are finished to a high standard whether they be floor-rugs or art for the wall (or both!).

Suitable for all levels of experience.


  • Dates/Times:    Thursday 1 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
    Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Venue:              Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora (Perth)
  • Cost:                  $230 for the workshop
  • Refreshments:  Morning and afternoon tea provided.  Please BYO lunch.
  • Notes:
  • A materials list will be sent out to participants upon booking.
  • Material Fee: $10 per person, payable to Martien on the first day of the workshop for additional materials she will supply – including detailed class notes. 
  • Additional Materials Cost:  Approximately $70-85 for wool and pre-felts to make one completed Mandala rug.
  • Equipment Needed:  a matchstick blind – 120cm wide and 160cm long. Available from Spotlight or Bunnings. Aside from that,standard felting equipment which most students will already have.


Martien van Zuilen is a felt artisan and fibre artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She exhibits her high-quality distinctive artworks nationally and internationally. Since the late 1980s she has delivered felt-making workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and throughout the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers Inc. and for 18 years coordinated the Australian National Yurt Project. In 2013, she completed her PhD (Anthropology) with an ethnographic thesis on the significance of women’s textile art practices within the context of Australia’s cultural landscape. Martien is the current editor of Australia’s national magazine FELT, and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. (www.fibreswest.com.au). Alongside her studio practice and teaching schedule she undertakes curatorial work, writes about fibre art, and operates an artisan dyeing studio Colourant Dyeworks (Etsy).

Martien’s artwork is published in numerous international publications, including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces (book), Surface Design Association (USA), Textile Fibre Forum (Australia), Felt Matters (UK), ViltKontakt (Netherlands), Fiber Art Now (USA), Yurts Tipis and Benders (book), FELT (Australia), verFilzt Und zugeNäht (Germany), the 2015 book Pots and Pods for Feltmakers, Adventures in the Third Dimension, the 2016 book Worldwide Colours of Felt, the 2019 book The Women’s Gallery 1988-1995, and the 2020 book Felt Forward: New Technologies in Feltmaking. Her 2018 work Standing Tall (5 hand-felted vessels) was selected for the exhibition ‘Family Matters’ in the US (Surface Design Association). www.martienvanzuilen.com

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Craft House

Alexander Park
Menora, Western Australia 6050 Australia
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