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Though online courses can’t entirely supplant face to face learning, as the excitement of sharing and experimenting is most contagious in a shared physical environment and wet felting uniquely relies on a variance in physical pressure that is hard to relay with words or see with actions, asynchronous delivery of recorded content offers many benefits. Whether you prefer to watch an entire process or lesson first and then physically engage yourself, work along with the demonstration making use of the pause and rewind buttons and/or watch the videos numerous times, by having control of the pace of information delivery, rather than being in a time restricted workshop setting, different levels and styles of learning can be better accommodated. Chat rooms can provide camaraderie for those spending time with the same unique experience if participants engage through images, questions and ruminations. Most exciting, the extended time for delivery allows for continuity of learning intertwined with individuals’ lives where studies intermingle with personal environments, ideas and aesthetics resulting in rewarding diversity in the outcome of course projects and therefore, more extensive learning for all. 

FELT JEWELRY SERIES: MATERIAL, TECHNIQUE & IMPACT

Learning is focused on how wool’s properties inform technique for dry fiber preparation/layout and wet felting to build integrity of felt material while simultaneously developing specific form and surface in a small scale format. By no means, however, is the extensive content of the series applicable only to making smaller objects as the methodology offered can guide those interested in working larger to modify the size and weight of fiber layout. The nuanced conditions for wet felting and fulling including the assistance of soap, water, temperature and agitation surfaces as well as the force of the maker in their rapidity of movement and infliction of pressure, are articulated in response to the state of the wool at any given time. Each course in the series is developed around a core concept that is applied to solid forms, 2D planes and hollow form. Modules within a course are organized intentionally to build on prior learning so to be able to push into new territory and like the courses in the series, are meant to be experienced sequentially. To use the analogy of home construction, Course 1 will lay the foundation and framework, Course 2 will apply the flooring and dry wall (structural, but also effecting the surface) and Course 3 will lay the rugs, hang the curtains and place the art.

Course 1: Foundational Structure
Wet Felting Solid Forms, 2D Planes, Hollow Forms for Encasing Objects & Connections for Composing
6 learning modules, 10 weeks, 2 supported projects, 12 participants (2 scholarship seats)

Develop an in-depth understanding of foundational structure for refinement, strength and flexibility in wet felting based on the concept of space for the wool filaments to move and the direction of encouragement by the maker. Multi-dimensional form will be constructed through connecting solid forms, 2D planes and a variety of felt encased objects within one continuous felt skin and by employing strong clasping/hinging mechanisms. Ideally, demonstrated studies are meant to be repeated, modified and uniquely coalesced to become pathways to approach your ideas and visions rather than to repeat those of others.

Solid Form Felting is the topic for Modules 1-3 and one module will become accessible per week starting on a Sunday for the first three weeks of the course and will continue to be accessible, as will all modules, through the end of the course. Each module contains an average of 1.5 hours of video demonstration divided into two segments and a PDF that outlines the content, clarifies the math involved in assessing layout & shrinkage and will assist with long term retention.  Module studies are suggested, completed at your own pace and level of extensiveness during that week and participants are encouraged to post pictures, questions and comments for group discussion on the chat forum. A design prompt will be given for week four and participants will implement their new learning and compose/propose a project based on their personal aesthetic. Each participant will have an individual zoom meeting ideal for their time zone for direct instructor feedback that may or may not be open to the entire group depending on that participant’s preference, keeping in mind that everyone will learn more if these meetings are shared experiences. Making the project will ensue after the design meeting and finished work will be posted when completed during week 5 for showcasing/critique. Similarly, 2D Plane and Hollow Form for Encasing Objects will be the focus for the next three weeks of Modules 4-6 followed by another design prompt and the same format for a second project for a total of 10 Weeks. Examples of the studies from Module 1-6 can be seen below along with participants’ projects from Edition 1-summer 2021. Additionally, course projects can be viewed on the Post-Secondary Coursework teaching page from when the content of this course was delivered online during the summer of 2020 though NSCAD University. 

Module 1 Studies of Solid Form-dry ball preparation, felting the skin, fulling a reference gradation, making a fiber tail, dry fiber connections between forms, alternative cores
Module 2 Studies of Solid Form-dry rolling & felting cords, modifying cord diameter & length, tapered vs blunt ends, fulling curved cords, making hoops from cords & fulling the diameter vs the circumference of a hoop
Module 3 Studies of Solid Form-folding to roll, barrels, beads & cones, modifying diameter, length & taper, undulating cords, & cord connections for clasps, linking multiple forms and hoop bails
Module 4 Studies of 2D Plane-layout, rolling to felt in bubble wrap, fulling on an agitation mat, calculating shrinkage, defining a partial felt, folding for small pendant plates and channel bails
Module 5 Studies of 2D Planes-calculating layouts from samples, constructing surface channels, attaching solid form protuberances, cutting & fulling partial felt for shaping blunt edged plate components
Module 6 Studies of Hollow Form for Encasing Objects-calculating and enlarging the surface area of an object to design a 2D template, layout, felting & fulling to to encase an object in a contour reveal skin, connecting encasements, 2D planes and partial felt & cutting reveal holes



T Westkaemper's Project 1
Kristen Welch's Project 1
Lisa Hayes's Project 1
Marije Kooi's Project 1
Marije Kooi's Project 1
Project 1 accomplished by a first time wet felter!
Esther Grischott's Project 1
T Westkaemper's Project 2
Lisa Hayes's Project 2
Kristen Welch's Project 2
Esther Grischott's Project 2
Jan Klaver's Project 2
Sue Getchell's Project 2


Course 1 content is equivalent to that of approximately 8-9 days of face to face STRONGFELT workshop content + 2 supported projects. Nearly 9.5 hrs of video instruction with a broad and close up camera angle may be accessed for 5 months from the beginning of the course (double the course length), but will not be downloadable. 40 pages of PDFs will be printable. 18-30 years of age? Apply for a NEW GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP until July 25, 2021 for fall courses.

COURSE HOSTED ON THE RUZUKU PLATFORM.
Content is © 2021 STRONGFELT, inc. Please do not share your access to the online video or pdfs as this is nearly two decades of my experimenting, analyzing, refining, as well as detailed articulation & sequencing for optimal instruction. Do please encourage those you feel would enjoy and benefit from such learning to take the course as this will allow STRONGFELT, inc to continue to produce additional courses of high quality. Thank you.

COURSE FEE $745
18-30 years of age? Apply for a NEW GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP.

No materials provided.
Upon enrolment, participants will receive a welcome email and access to an introductory video illustrating an ideal set up for working, household and easily accessible tools/equipment to gather and a few items to order if not already a well stocked fiber enthusiast/felter. Print the accompanying Equipment, Tool & Material list PDF for specifics about sizes and amounts so you can be prepared to begin the course on the date scheduled.

UPCOMING COURSES
Edition 2 of Foundational Structure: Aug 22-Oct 31, 2021 + video access through Jan 9, 2022 is FULL
Edition 3: Aug 29- Nov 7, 2021 + video access through Jan 16, 2022 is FULL.
Next Editions of the 10 week course to start in late Jan 2022
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TESTIMONIALS 

“I took the foundation felt jewelry course online from Japan. I was able to learn smoothly with the organization of the stages of the course and courteous responses of the instructor. I learned more than expected with videos, group reviews of projects and asking questions through chat and email. I was most excited with confining solid objects in felt. The possibilities expanded beyond imagination.” -Sawori Yoshioka

“Lisa’s on-line felt jewellery class was both challenging and exhilarating! The combination of video instruction and in person feedback provided a complete learning experience that was well paced and easy to understand. Samples of new techniques were created weekly and then applied to projects. I now have a valuable reference library of samples in various sizes as well as completed wearable jewellery pieces. Each video was very thorough with methods clearly explained and documented and the “in person” on line meetings provided an opportunity for interaction and critique with both Lisa and fellow students.  A great class for anyone wanting to learn the technical aspects of different clasping methods and how to make consistent well finished felt shapes as well as exploring your own jewellery aesthetic.  I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa as an instructor who pushed my boundaries, and I am looking forward to taking more classes with her.” -Sandi Luck

“Lisa Klakulak’s course, Felt: Material & Tech for Jewellery (NSCAD), was a phenomenal dive into the felt world. With easy to follow demos as well as articulate handouts, the course is designed to equip you to handle any and all felted projects or situations. Lisa as an instructor is encouraging and will push you to work towards your wildest and most complicated projects as she knows full well anything can be created with felt.” – Hannah Proctor

“This is my third workshop/class that I have taken from Lisa and in every class her handouts have been superior, and I refer back to them all. the. time. and these handouts will be no exception. With each exposure something new stands out that I may not have paid close attention to the first time. I also believe that like in my martial arts training it’s always good to review basic technique. I have a deeper understanding of the math, due to more exposure and practice. I have a sketchbook of ideas that I have been thinking about and in a few cases had gotten stuck figuring how to put the pieces together and because of this class I look at those sketches and have some fresh approaches to making them that will work better than I had originally planned.” -T Westkaemper

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Lisa’s online workshop and have learnt new techniques and processes to take forward on my felt journey.  Information for each module is presented in detailed videos with clear instruction and explanations and an accompanying downloadable pdf.  The chat forums allow students to post work and are a great way to share and support each others’ progress. It wasn’t a surprise knowing Lisa’s work, that she would create such an amazing learning experience.  I will definitely be signing up for Course 2 and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this to anyone interested in learning more about this detailed, technical way of wet-felting.” -Lisa Hayes

“Lisa’s teaching style is very engaging and her felting experience was very generously shared. There is no literature available – that I could find (and I have a PHD in research) – that gives such useful insights into surfaces, connections, enclosures, layouts and shrinkage rates. My approach to felting has changed so much as a result of this course. It was such a revelation to be able to plan and sketch out a 3D design and reproduce it in felt. Lisa said the ‘felt will sing’ and she is so right – it’s like a communion with your fingertips!” -Jan Klaver