NEXT GENERATION STRONGFELT SCHOLARSHIP
STRONGFELT, inc will enable two people between the ages of 18-30 to participate in every offering of the ONLINE & ON POINT! coursework Foundational Structure (Course 1 in the Felt Jewelry Series: Material, Technique & Impact), by awarding coupons of $645 to be used at enrollment. One of the two partially funded seats in each course will be reserved for a person who identifies as being outside of the dominant culture (that is they are not white, straight and/or cis-gendered) as an effort toward equity. Awarded applicants will be required to pay the remaining $100 of the course fee as a commitment to participation upon enrollment in this 10 week course. Materials and tools are not included and are estimated at $70-$100.
APPLICATION PROCESS – due by July 25, 2021 for the fall 2021 editions of the course.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Next Generation Scholarship” as the subject with a pdf file that includes your name, age, address, city, state, country, phone and email. In 500 words or less please respond to the following:
- Do you want to be considered for the equity placement?
- Explain your interest in this particular course (material, process, format, etc).
- Describe your creative background, current practice and the 3 images you submit (see below).
- How do you envision applying this new learning?
Along with the word document, send three images of your recent/current creative output that represents your hand working skill, aesthetic and/or the conceptual drive of your work. Images should be jpg files 4”x 6” at ideally 300 dpi).
Compress the four files (3 images & pdf) into a zip file and attach it to your email.
It is my vision to increase the number of young people interested in, knowledgable of and expressive with the medium of felt and in particular the process of wet felting. Having taught over 200 workshops, (2000+ people), I can count on my two hands how many participants were under 30.
I had two central goals for obtaining my Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2020 as related to having the credential needed to teach in higher education: to reach younger generations that don’t tend to take focused extracurricular workshops so to inspire them with the medium, process and associations of felt and to work with them over a period of time not possible in a condensed F2F workshop to witness and support their ideas coming to fruition. Working with undergraduate students during this time confirmed for me that the matching of material and technical knowledge with the ideas and perspectives of younger generations is of course the future of us all, but here, specifically, the future of what is felt. A material with attributes similar to our own human hair and that coalesces into a skin-like material as a result of our agency, felt is a powerful medium with which to question and discover one’s sense of self.
As a result of finishing my degree during the pandemic when all learning moved online, I was positioned to take my workshop content to an online course format. I am now empowered to deliver content to not only an increased number of participants and in far off places without the inconveniences of travel, but also have the agency to offer my courses to the next generation at a reduced price to encourage continued engagement with this phenomenal material.
I have no doubt that as a young child I found solace and empowerment through crafting, however, it wasn’t until my high school years that I was cognizant of this refuge and means for building self-efficacy. I spent a lot of time in this space, developing skill and focus and then I had the privilege of pursuing an undergraduate art degree without ensuing debt. At 25 years of age, I was awarded a studio assistant scholarship with 100% room and board for a two-month concentration in textiles at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina that changed the trajectory of my life. From 27- 30 years of age, I participated in a three-year artist residency at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee, that also awarded subsidized housing and studio, affording me the time to delve into felting and pretty much create a career.
Pay it forward.