Monday, December 2, 2013

Art League School "Felting - Expanding the Possibilities" ArtFete Fashion Show 2013

On November 22, 2013, the Art League School held its holiday open house. Among the various activities to take part in, there was a fashion show, featuring the school's fiber and jewelry departments. The "Felting - Expanding the Possibilities" class, led by Renate Maile-Moskowitz had much to offer.

The year's theme was birds. How interesting to see the different interpretations - from Black Swan to Bird of Paradise to Blue Jay! The class had been led with a new focus on wearable items, featuring ruffles, lace and godets in both traditional and nuno-felted items. A hat making workshop also served as inspiration for some of the outfits. Like what you see? Come join Renate's class of enthusiastic felters! It's fun!

Marion Bruno models her Black Swan inspired coat and hat.

Marion again. 

Laura Linton and Dominique Cooper - Fantasy Birds - Summer Projects from Felter's Fling & Beyond!

Dominique - Bird of Paradise

Renate Maile-Moskowitz via Felter's Fling - Fantasy Bird | Susan Hicks - Blue Jay

Our Models (Herda Lang - Left) Wearing Work by Elaine Evans

Blue Jay Hat by Susan Hicks

More Blue Jay from Susan Hicks - See for sale at

A view of the Blue Jay Wing wool being laid out before wet felting - See how much it shrinks!

For those of you who are new to wet felting: What is wet felting? Basically, you start with wool roving, and through a process of layering bits of roving and then rolling or scrubbing with hot water and soap, you come out with fabric, or even complete vessels (or really, anywhere your imagination will take you) with no seams or sewing. Typically, the amount of surface area laid out is about 40% (or more) greater than the surface area of the finished product. Felt can be thick or thin, and hard or soft. It can be solo, or felted into fabric (which is then referred to as nuno-felt). Other fibers can be mixed in with the wool (silk, for example). There are many, many different types of wool, which each produce a felt unique to their kind.