dinsdag 14 oktober 2014

time flies....

 Ricarda Assmann - felt laboratory
time flies when you're having fun.... and fun there was since my last post about Ricarda Assmann. There were a lot of interesting classes with great teachers in atelier Fiberfusing. For a lot of photo's you better go to the albumsection of the facebookpage atelier Fiberfusing. If you would like to keep informed about the activities please send an email and like the page on facebook.

 Minka de Weerd - silverclay and felt

 Ulla Lapiolathi - natural printing and painting 

 Irit Dulman - tatooing a new surface

 Andrea Graham - a serie of Pods

 Leiko Uchiyama - Pine needle felt

 Pam de Groot - Garden Gathering

 Pam de Groot - splashes and sprials

 Irina Levkovich - dressmaking

 Kate Ramsey - lacemaking in felt

 Irit Dulman - tattooing a new surface

 Jacquelien van Eerden - solid rock

 Anneke Copier, Claudio Varone - felt for architecture

 Andrea Graham - jewelry in felt

 Jorie Johnson - layer on layer design

 Anita Larkin - felting found objects

maandag 13 oktober 2014

vroege vogels - early morning birds

I was happy to meet this photographer Ricardo Poggi - we have done two shoots sofar with the collection  'summer darkness 2013' and the collection 'broken beauty 2014'. Last week he has openend his solo-exhibition with more photo's, not only from my collection. But with this poster I feel very proud. The dress has never been showed on stage and makes a wonderful entree in this way..


Ricarda Assmann, wellknown from the book Filzfrauen and Feltpassion, drove from Germany to atelier Fiberfusing for a 3days workshop 'Felt Laboratory'. After giving some felt-excercises the students could experiment in their own free way. It gave many surprisingly outcomes.

Ricarda will be back in 2015 with new workshop ideas.

De uit Duitsland afkomstige viltkunstenares Ricarda Assmann, ook bekend van publikaties van bv. Het Filzfrauen boek, haar project felt-and-fiberwomen en haar medewerking aan het boek Viltpassie, was in Nederland voor een 3daagse workshop 19-20-21 juni 2014 in atelier Fiberfusing.

Het thema voor die dagen was experimenteren met allerlei mogelijke en ogenschijnlijk onmogelijke materialen in combinatie met wol. Ricarda  bracht heel veel voorbeelden mee, die uitnodigden tot eigen experiment. Haar meegebrachte boeken met foto’s van natuurlijke texturen inspireerden tot nieuwe uitwerkingen. Er is ook  veel van elkaar geleerd, omdat een ieder zijn eigen weg kon volgen. Het vrije spelen leidde tot verrassende resultaten. 

Ricarda komt in 2015 terug met nieuwe workshop-ideeen.

maandag 9 juni 2014

felt for architecture by Anneke Copier and Claudio Varone

At the beginning of May Anneke Copier and Claudio Varone have showed some of their creations of felted wall-panels at atelier Fiberfusing. After their presentation an international group of students started to make their own small panel. Guided by this super-duo they were able to make unique pieces, each one different from the other.

donderdag 24 april 2014

colourful Easter with Ulla Lapiolahti

While the most of the people were searching for eggs and eating them, we were gathered for a 3 days class in printing with natural dyes and earthpigments with Ulla Lapiolahti. I have met her through her blog where she shared her experiments of natural prints on photopaper.

Ulla teached us how to make the dyebaths with madder, logwood, cochenille and reseda. After that we were able to make pastes with them. She also told the participants how to use earthpigments. They made a lot of samples on all kind of fabrics to test colours, combinations and different printing techniques. Everybody was free to experiment in the way they wanted to. In this way we have inspired eachother and learned many new ways to colour the surface with natural dyes.

donderdag 13 februari 2014

the making of....... Valentine hearts

 I wish everybody a lucky time with eachother.

A few years ago I made a nuno felted top with all kind of textures which could be worn also as a neckcoll. I gave it the name 'bubblegum'. BUT............... unfortunately it was to thick and not so comfortable to wear... I guess. Anyway it was never sold.

 So with the Valentine in my head I cut the top up into twenty hearts. I handstitched them all and styled the window of Artwear Jordaan with all those hearts. If you want one for your sweethearth, please visit the shop on Friday, Valentine Day. Or make it a Valentine Weekend and visit the shop on Saturday.

I have to credit my son who made the lovely photo above. When I was looking for the best shot, he grabbed my camera, change the display and just made the photo with one shoot.

donderdag 2 januari 2014

not only for the show

Since the last show in September 2013 there was only one thing on her mind - she wanted a real felted wintercoat made by me. She felt in love with one of my designs. Her husband came to ask me if I was able to do a similar one and after taking her measurements I started with the design. A wintercoat big enough to wear a sweater under it, warm enough when the winterwind is blowing, wide enough to get on a bycycle and it had to be closed with buttons, not with a flap and a string.  All practical reasons, except for the colour. She loves purple and so it would be. I made her also a small purse and wristwarmers. She waited untill Christmas Eve to show it to her husband. And right now I will show it to the world with her permission.

Al sinds de show in September had ze een wens - een winterjas gemaakt door mij. Ze was verliefd geworden op een van mijn ontwerpen. Dus kwam haar man op een zaterdagmiddag bij mij aan de deur om te vragen of ik ook op maat iets kon maken. Nadat ik haar maten had genomen, begon ik aan het ontwerp. Een winterjas die groot genoeg was om er ook een trui onder te dragen, dik genoeg om de winterkou buiten te houden, wijd genoeg om er mee te fietsen en met een knoopsluiting, zodat ie goed dicht zou blijven. Allemaal praktische zaken met als enige ijdele wens de kleur. Die moest paars zijn. En zo gebeurde het. Van een extra stuk vilt maakte ik nog een klein tasje met polswarmers. Ze wachtte tot kerstavond om het haar man te laten zien, voordat ze naar de nachtmis zouden gaan. En nu mag ik het aan de wereld laten zien.