Postsecondary Coursework

Felt: Material & Technique for Jewellery

2500 Level Original Coursework | Individual Course Appointment at NSCAD | Online Summer Semester 2020

Contemporary jewellery is characterized by a diversity of materials and processes that question traditional ideas of value and wearability. Exploring jewellery and adornment through the process of felting wool offers new formal and conceptual possibilities. The structural characteristics of wool and the making of felt are highlighted, while referencing traditional fabrication techniques such as casting, cutting sheets, bezeling and joining. Course studies will culminate in three projects: connecting solid felt forms for Under One Skin, attaching solid forms to 2D surfaces and edges for linking/clasping planes to allow for Moving Parts, and incorporating encased objects recognizable by exposed surface and/or contour of form for more complex compositions and material associations for Revealing What’s Inside.

Catriona Iozzo's samples of connecting solid felt form components of balls, cords, hoops, barrels and cones
Catriona Iozzo's asymmetrical earring set for Project 1-Under One Skin inspired in color and form by aged iron work
Saori Yoshioka's Project 1-Under One Skin, inspired by the percussive quality of rain
Sandi Luck's Project 1-Under One Skin, inspired by the paddle form and the movement of paddling in relation to the body and breaking though the water surface
Saori Yoshioka's samples for connecting solid form components to 2D surfaces and edges
Sandi Luck's Project 2-Moving Parts, using solid form components to hinge and clasp 2D planes
Kathryn Cronin's Project 2-Moving Parts, inspired by highlighter colors and the movement of highlighting text
Kathryn Cronin's Project 2 in detail
Saori Yoshioka's Project 2-Moving Parts
Catriona Iozzo's Project 2-Moving Parts, inspired by the jester collar with muffled bells
Catriona Iozzo's Project 2-alternative view
Emma Jordan's study encasing objects in a felt skin, revealing the object's surface, connecting multiple objects and making component connections
Saori Yoshioka's Project 3-Revealing What's Inside, in contemplation of throw-away culture and particularly disposing of ice cream sample spoons after one use
Saori Yoshioka's Project 3 in detail
Emma Jordan's Project 3-Revealing What's Inside, inspired by the colors of condiments and the mixture of foods, both pre- and post- consumption
Kathryn Cronin's Project 3-Revealing What's Inside, inspired by falling flower petals
Kathryn Cronin's Project 3 in detail
Sandi Luck's Project 3 Revealing What's Inside, addressing the need for support among sex workers with the incorporation of underwires and a red encased light bulb
Sandi Luck's Project 3-Revealing What's Inside-alternative view
Catriona Iozzo's Projet 3-Revealing What's Inside, questioning the support/protection/comfort of bra underwires
Catriona Project 3 full-alternative view
Catriona Iozzo's Project 3 in detail

The Language of Felt

3000 Level Original Coursework | Graduate Teaching at NSCAD | Fall Semester 2019

Explore 2D and 3D felting techniques for transforming un-spun wool into matted fabric. Investigate the human story of felt from nomadic antiquities to contemporary applied arts, sculpture, installation and performance. It’s a simple material, yet flexible in its design potential and conceptually loaded. We’ll unpack its language, its metaphors and associations, address industrial implications, all while building manually. Weekly technical studies and topic specific research culminate in a mid-semester 2D project and a final 3D project driven by the students’ concepts and design.

work of student, Jessie McLaughlin, "Jessie's Sweater," 18.5 x 10.5 in
work of student, Allie Browne, detail of "Landscape II," 8 x 10 in
work of student, Madelein Sinnott,  Untitled, 4.75 x 4.5 in
Sienna copywork of student, Sienna Maeba, Untitled, 8 x 10 in
work of student, Courtney Turner, Untitled, 22 x 9.5 in
works of student, Alex Masse, "Croc" 20.75 x 7.5 in
work of student, Stephanie Liu, "A Dream," 9 in dia
work of student, Sami Lemperger, Untitled, dimensions variable
work of student, Allie Browne, "I Carry You," 5.5 x 8 x 3 in
work of student Hennah Verhoeven, "Eerie the Feral Mother," 5 x 18 x 18 in
work of student, Madelein Sinnott, Untitled, 3.5 x 3.5 x 9 in
work of student, Alex Masse, "Baby Simu," 6 x 6 x 36 in
work of student, Eli Warriner, Untitled, dimensions variable but fits average adult head
work of student, Jessie McLaughlin, Untitled, 14 x 12 x 14 in
work of student, Sienna Maeba, "Vase Wear," 6.5 x 11 x 6.4 in


Hollow Felt Forms & Soft Sculpture Manipulation Project

Foundation Original Coursework for Introduction to Modelled Forms
Graduate Teaching Assistant at NSCAD with Professor Rebecca Hannon | Fall Semester 2018

Students are introduced to the properties of wool that allow for the wet felting process while constructing a hollow sphere of felt using a 2-D circular template encased in fiber. Student then employ at least two modes to modify their sphere (cut, fold, twist, crumple, puncture, roll, burn, saturate, stiffen, dip, fill, stitch, attach, hang, stretch, abrade, staple, glue, tape, bind, draw, colour) while considering the materials origin, contexts of human use, and material relationship to the human body.

work of student, Maddie Bedard-Adam
work of student, Maeve MacKinnon
work of student Junning Liu
work of student, Tara Gowan
work of student, Nadia Dion
work of student, Saffia Debbach