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International Visiting Artist

Marjolein Dallinga

And as Long as There is
Movement,There is Life:
Wearable Felt Sculpture

Friday June 15 - Sunday June 17, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $350.00 + $20.00 materials fee + HST
Maximum 10 Participants

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In this 3-day experimental discovery workshop, students will be challenged to play using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their awareness of the creative process with a focus on the journey and not the end result. We will explore different sculptural form ideas including folding and unfolding, building relief and adding shape to surface, while investigating colour, design and concept, all to become more aware of how, and why, we want to use this medium.

The first day, we will play with the processes of shortening, thickening, tightening and shrinking felted surfaces. Then, we will each work on our unique wearable designs. At the end of each day we will discuss creation to heighten awareness of color and design choices.

Basic felting experience suggested.
A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Marjolein Dallinga (Bloom Felt) trained in graphic arts and painting at Minerva Academy, a fine arts institute in Groningen Holland. As her family grew, her focus gradually turned from painting to smaller objects, such as toys. During this time she encountered sheep's wool and took a course about working with wool and felting.

Felting is an ancient technique allowing unlimited freedom in the creative process. It demands very limited mechanical intervention (such as weaving in a loom). Marjolein found it to be a medium in which she could express herself, as she had done in her painting, but that also readily fit her lifestyle, while caring for a family.

Marjolein began creating handbags, hats, shawls and mittens, which interested enough people to start teaching felting. Through the contacts she made in her courses, she became involved in producing theatrical pieces and started to create work for Cirque du Soleil where she expanded the experimental aspects of her work.

Download the PDF flyer for this workshop: Marjolein Dallinga Workshop


Wednesday June 13, 2018
6:30 pm
The Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave. Toronto, ON

Admission: $10.00

Marjolein Dallinga will discuss the ancient art of felting and its reemergence within contemporary expression. This talk focuses on the history of the art of felting, on Marjolein Dallinga's artistic inspirations and the journey of her own work in felting. She will discuss her sculptural approach as well as her collaborations for theatre and performance, such as her costumes for the Cirque de Soleil and other theatre companies. She shapes, sculpts, folds and cuts this warm and woolly material through the process of felting, during which it metamorphoses from an array of loose colorful fibers to a strong and sturdy textile. "It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Though sculpture is usually perceived as static, I see it more as movement, the movement of wool from fibers into felt. And as long as there is movement there is life."