Katrina Virgona Workshop – Felt and Textile Jewellery Report


Saturday 6 October 2018

Renita Mroz


Katrina lived in Fiji and many locations around Australia before settling in Perth.  She has qualifications in psychology, visual arts Visual Arts Management and now runs art and textile workshops and teaches Curtin University.  In her studio Katrina creates 3D artworks and contemporary textile jewellery pieces, drawing on a diverse range of materials.




Katrina brought along a gorgeous and inspiring selection of her own felt and textile jewellery for us to enjoy then went on to describe and demonstrate the techniques used in their making.  These included:  cords, split cords, loops, twists, balls, spikes, chains and coiling, as well as the addition of stitching, beading, fabric and other materials.  We then created our own pieces with which we were all extremely pleased!




The skills learnt were building blocks which could be combined in endless ways, only limited by our imaginations.  The most important lesson of the day:  there are no failures – anything that doesn’t go as planned simply becomes something else!






Katrina brought not only her vast knowledge and experience to the workshop, but also an endless amount of energy, enthusiasm and fun.






A great day – thank you Katrinius the Genius!