During the Communal Felting workshop you will learn how to wet-felt sheep’s wool, one of the oldest known textiles, into a large fabric sheet.
Wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable, it offers a number of environmental advantages and has proved itself to be measurably better than synthetic alternatives; yet sheep farmers get very little for it. The cost of shearing can often be more than the value of the fleece. This workshop aims to promote creatively utilising agricultural by-products and encourages developing direct relationships between farmers and makers.
The workshop will be run by multi-disciplinary artist Kat Wood, whose work addresses the relationship between the back-to-the-land movement, working northern hill farms, self-publishing and analogue printing techniques. Throughout the workshop we aim to open up debates around food and the environment, economic and social concerns. The workshop will explore how artistic strategies can be used to address wide-ranging issues relating to agriculture and the environment.
We hope that the Communal Felting workshop will spark interesting discussions and new found skills.
12:00 Arrive at the space/ introductions
12:30 Learn how to pick and prepare the fleeces
13:00 Break for coffees/ teas
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