One doesn’t often think inventions when it comes to felting but Deborah Loxam-Kohl is in fact just that. She’s inventor of a technique and machine to felt three-dimensional objects in-the-round and a sculpture artist. Her work has been exhibited around the globe and she recently finished a residency at Oxygen Art Centre , ‘The Sound of… (silence)’ that explores the sound-absorbing qualities of felted wool within a built environment. The body of work resulting in a low-relief sculptural wall of felt wool.
Loxam-Kohl will be offering a not to be missed 3-D FORM FELTING WORKSHOP (Intermediate) at the Slocan Valley Threads Guild. This two-day intensive teaches basic techniques for felting in-the-round, by hand. Participants will produce small samples before continuing onto a project. Felted forms can be applied in the making of hats, handbags, basket-like containers, toys and other items. Examples of finished felted pieces will be displayed at first session. Needs list provided upon registration.
The course runs on Saturday Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 10am to 4pm. Fee: $150 + HST Call Craig at Slocan Valley Recreation for registration at 250.226.0008.
Deborah is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design Fibre program and works as an independent curator and directs DLK Design Lab, a multi-disciplinary studio, from her base camp in the Slocan Valley.
Images: Samples of hand-manipulated form felt wool: 01 Lotus flower 02 Hole bowl 03 Felt bottles 04 Studies for Cell Division.
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