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Felt: Material & Technique for Jewellery

2500 Level Original Coursework | ICA at NSCAD | To be delivered 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, pressing, forming and joining. Coursework will introduce methods for solid felt form, surface treatments of 2-D planes, hollow forms built from resists, and methods for connecting these components into more complex compositions.

Instructor's samples of developing solid felt forms as components for connecting together into complex arrangements
Instructor's sample of multiple cords, 2D plane, disc and hoop composition wet felted seamlessly together into a singular felt skin
Instructor's work incorporating numerous 2D planes linked together with hinged clasps
Instructor's work encasing objects within a felt skin to develop form and introduce a variety of material aesthetics and associations in addition to felt

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