It is a bright, new, shiny year...and it is going to be fabulous! So far every day has been filled with excitement, momentum and pure pleasure! And lots of work...but in the best possible way.
I have launched a new project: felt :: feutre- a celebration of feltmaking in Canada. I wanted to find a way to unite and promote feltmakers in Canada. Even with the internet, our country is so vast and our population is so small. Having lived on both coasts now, I wanted to find a way to heighten awareness of our talented artists, our wonderful fibre farms and retailers, and our ongoing feltmaking events and workshops. A resource that provides information and inspiration that covers our whole geography.
The project includes a full resource based website that will be fully bilingual...currently in translation, a week long Canadian feltmaking event with 5 days of workshops, an exhibition of Canadian Contemporary Felt, exhibition catalogue, fibre sales, and studio tours. Canadian Felting Week runs from September 25th- 29th, and is held this year on beautiful Saltspring Island, BC. Next year I plan to bring to bring the event to Eastern Canada, and hopefully, the North, to have made it as accessible to as many feltmakers as possible.
The workshop details will be announced by January 23rd, with registration opening on February 1st.
We have an amazing group of Canadian feltmakers teaching- Andrea Graham, Marjolein Dallinga, Ulrieke Benner, Jessica de Haas, Laurie Steffler, and Judith Dios. And myself!
Just like all the best projects, since beginning this work, it has just flowed seamlessly from day to day, with each organizational piece clicking into place!
The website is still under construction, but you can see it here:
www.felt-feutre.org/ and on Facebook here:
There are several other big projects in the works, and I feel quite determined to see them come to life this year and confident that they will!
Wishing you all a happy new year-one of fulfilled dreams, gorgeous fibre arts,
and contentment in every moment!