Making three-dimensional art from wool
MARION – Wool, soap and elbow grease.
That’s all it takes to make felt. And under the instructions of artist Kristina Goransson during her felt workshop on May 8 – as part of the SouthCoast Spring Arts program at the Marion Art Center – attendees were able to transform this felt into a three-dimensional structure.
Goransson showed a group of nine participants how to turn wool into felt and how to turn that felt into a three-dimensional object.
First, you separate the wool and lay it out on a flat surface. Next, place a piece of cut-out plastic bag over the first layer of wool (this is what separates the layers, allowing you to create three-dimensional shapes like bowls and vases), before adding another layer over the top. above.
Then you sprinkle the wool in soapy water and pat the wool flat.
Once it’s strong enough to move, you can start ramming it into a washboard or, if you’re not less concerned with forming an exact shape, roll it into a ball and squeeze it in your hands. .
The felt will start to shrink and dry, and eventually you will have a work of art in your hands.
After Goransson’s demonstration, class participants set out to create their own felt art.
“I think people were very ambitious,” Goransson said. “I hope they try again.”
Participants worked on bowls, vases and flower-shaped structures using colored wool.
Although the pieces are not completely finished by the end of the workshop, Goransson said that once the art dries, it can be moistened and reshaped.
Donna Miguel, a workshop participant, said she decided to register because she was new to the area, “and I’ve never seen this before”.
She said it was a good way to “spend time during the pandemic that was not really about the pandemic.”
Another participant, Roberta Oakley, said she had made felt using needles before, but had never been “water felted” – the technique used Goransson’s workop.
“I think I could try it at home,” she says.
Oakley said the workshop was about what she wanted from him.
“No surprise,” she said, “I just think it’s fun to do – and the results can be striking.”
The workshop was Goransson’s first since the start of the pandemic. She said that felt art is a difficult medium to teach online because “a lot of it is about feeling.”
“I’m a little rusty, but I think it went well,” she said.