Felting fun weekend Sept 14th and 15th 2019
Ann Ross has been inspirational to Scottish Feltmakers for many years .
She was the Scottish coordinator for the International Feltmakers Association for ? years and has travelled extensively around the world gathering textile knowledge . She has specialised in recent years in Natural Plant dyeing and regularly teaches at the Botanical gardens in Edinburgh. She was a founder of the Scottish Summer School of textile craft in Dunblane. She has travelled to Mongolia and Norway as part of our Scottish StoryTelling Yurt project .
We are celebrating the Yurt projects 20th birthday at this event.
Ann has sown seeds of inspiration in the many hundred people she has inspired over the years , she is generous with her wealth of knowledge and will be sharing a range of her skills this weekend .
Jenny will be demonstrating her method of making beautiful cobweb felt at 12 on Saturday and Sunday
My work is very much influenced by my love of fibres. I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of them mingling. I love the process itself as well as the infinite variety of colours and textures that can be achieved.
I trained at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen specialising in Embroidery and Weaving and have exhibited widely and given workshops and talks with the International Feltmakers Association, Edge, the Embroiderers’s Guild and other textile groups.
I now run a group calling ourselves Diverse Fibres. We meet once a month, the last Thursday of the month, in Ferniegair Hall near Hamilton from 10am until 3pm. We just bring whatever we are working on and learn from each other.
We are mostly feltmakers but other disciplines are welcome.
The Scottish Story Telling Yurt was one of the most memorable projects I was involved in. A group of Scottish Felters made a 9 foot high and 13foot diameter yurt, wooden frame as well as pictorial felt for the outside. It toured schools,science centres, even went to Bergen ,it even was the venue for a wedding. It played a big part in my life.
Liz Gaffney Whaite
I have been a full time felt maker since 1996 and taught many workshops in Ayrshire in my initial Studio . I have done many residencies in Glasgow and the surrounding areas both in schools and adult learning. I relocated to Argyll 8 years ago and work with local plant dyes for my wool and felt . We have sheep at the railway station that we use in my work and I love the connection with the plants and the animals grown on the soil around where I live.
I am passionate about my botanical printing and have a large polytunnel to grow my dye plants here at the station.
I run workshops year round here at the station on a wide range of textile skills and we accommodate students and visitors on the station platform.
The storytelling yurt was a pinnacle to my felting direction and involved all my children over the years . It grew deep friendships on many levels and I am delighted to share its 20th birthday with the Argyll community.
Mavis Clark- Knitwear designer
Mavis Clark has been knitting for fashion designers since the 1970’s
She now lives and teaches in Wooler but spends much of the year in Argyll.
She specialises in lace weight Shetland knitwear and fair isle knitting .
She has a great knowledge of both the Shetland knitwear industry and the history of that craft.
She often knits special miniature garments for Book Cover Bears and we are delighted to have her join in our celebrations
Debbi Silcox mixed media Maker
Debbie is a regular visitor to Heartfelt Studio . She has a BA honours in 3d design /Crafts at Staffordshire University and presently tutors at Leek College.
She is an excellent tutor and will join us with some of her wire work skills over the weekend.Wire cutlery is inspired by Historical design incorporating vintage spectacle lenses in spoons .
She is an excellent spinner and knitter .
We are delighted to have her share her skills with us and we know that she just loves the peace and tranquility of Argyll.