MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Angelika Werth has worked in Fashion, Fibre and Wearable Art. She started her practice with a three year dress-making apprenticeship; worked for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France and received a degree as Master dress-maker-designer, she immigrated to Australia, then to Canada.
Angelika has had multiple solo exhibitions including her Waistcoat / Wastecoats exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton in 2006, and the Brassiere Series at the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver in 1997. Werth participated in invitational / curated group exhibitions in Canada, France, Japan and England and in the United States. Her work was accepted into over 30 juried exhibitions including Fibreworks in Cambridge, Ontario and the Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence With Diversity at the Vancouver Museum in 2008. She is a recipient of the 2008 B.C. Creative Achievement Award. Most of the current work is hand-felted and constructed.
Her work is found in permanent Public Collections in the BC Provincial Collection, the Community Hospital Collection in Monterey, California, the Cambridge Art Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario and Shuzenji City Hall in Japan. Public commissions include United Churches in Trail and Nakusp, BC, Waldorf Schools in Nelson and Vancouver. There are numerous private commissions. Angelika Werth is an instructor in the Fibre Department at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. She also teaches workshops across B. C. related to Fashion, Furniture and Wearable Art.
Charlotte is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed felt artist and textile designer from Weimar, the home of Bauhaus, in Germany. She has exhibited her work worldwide in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA and Australia, and is regularly invited to run workshops and masterclasses across Europe and the USA.
Trained in Fine Art painting and sculpture, Chris has practiced in the field of Art and Art Education her whole working life. Her diversified body of work includes costume design for performance, large-scale processional puppets, sculptural textiles and community arts projects. Over the last 16 years she has specialized in the textile medium of felt that is intrinsically connected to the land through the use of sheep’s wool as a primary material.
A body of her work explores themes of the effect of human presence in a place. In some works the human is visibly present through the image of a face or a hand, which lends a sense of narrative; in others the human is absent but has affected what remains, be it an interior space or a landscape where humans have made their mark. The work evokes a sense of mystery and depth. She is interested in using abstract qualities as metaphors for meaning and the way in which the viewer is guided towards their own interpretation and drawn to what lies beneath the surface. Chris has developed her own processes and techniques in order to realise her ideas, ranging from the dyeing of fibre to the painting and printing of translucent fabrics, which become bonded to the fibres, to build up a palette of colour, texture and marks.
Fiona Duthie is a feltmaker recognized for her dynamic surface design. She loves storytelling, both in words and textiles and starts a new piece, thinking first of what story she wants to tell and then creates tactile metaphors in form, fibre and surface additions to best communicate that narrative.
Fiona creates sculpture for the body, art objects and outdoor felt installations. Her work uses geological surfaces built up through fabric manipulation, stratified textiles and mapping imagery to explore biography and individual perspective. Lines of topography, tracks, trails, and traces. Each piece is created as a seamless three dimensional form through traditional feltmaking. The only sewing is done at the end, completing the story through surface embellishment. The pieces are mostly dyed using natural plant dyes, connecting to sense of place.
Fiona’s work has been published in many international textile arts publications and she has exhibited her work in both public and private galleries in Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Felting since 1996, Fiona Duthie has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
Fiona is the founder and president of felt :: feutre canada, the national not-for-profit organization created to unite, inform and inspire Canadian feltmakers. www.felt-feutre-canada.com
Jen began feltmaking in the early 1980s. It wasn’t until she left the corporate world and opened The Northeast Fiber Arts Center in Williston VT almost 20 years ago, that she became a devotee. She has been teaching felting (and knitting, spinning and weaving too) at her store ever since. Jen also teaches feltmaking worldwide thru a series of online felting workshops that she hosts. Jen’s felting experience is vast, but it was her passion for felting accessories such as hats, which she loves to wear as well as make, bags, and boots, that led her to extensive study of traditional millinery techniques. Jen loves experimenting with different fibers, fun embellishments and the wool of different breeds of sheep. The latter of which provides the added benefit of a good excuse to travel to the countries of origin to experience the breed in their home environment! Jen looks forward to sharing her passion and techniques with felters at Fling!
As a painter and graphic designer, Kathleen employs clean and simple design to convey her message. A design sensibility that visually captures and speaks to the viewer. Using felt as her medium, she has the added ability to create works that have an intensive tactile experience. Bringing it all together informs her work. The art of feltmaking provides endless opportunity for her love of construction and making functional art pieces. As with all her art, she strives and pushes herself to create work of exceptional quality.
Lilyana is a metalsmith, fiber artist, milliner and design patent examiner who currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Fascinated with researching new materials and techniques, Lilyana continually pushes herself to learn, develop and evolve. Working with fibers and its related processes has become one of her passions, fueled by her long-term interest in fashion and body ornamentation. Most recently her work addresses the history of jewelry, ornamentation, and fashion through the use of felt, metalwork and alternative materials in the form of wearable objects. Her work has been shown in numerous regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions, and included in several publications.
Pam de Groot
A life-long passion for arts and crafts has seen me touch on many and varied fields of expertise. In 1989 I completed a studio ceramics course and worked as a successful studio potter for many years. After the birth of my third son in 2000, I decided to move away from pottery and was drawn to the area of fibre art. I now work predominately with wool, silk and other natural fibres, combining methods of felting, embroidery and dyeing to create art works, garments and accessories.
I am inspired by so many things and find it difficult to pin point exactly what it is that drives each piece. I can, however, recognise some persistent influences. Nature is the most amazing thing around us and an accessible source of wonderment from which to draw ideas. I think a hangover from my potting days is an obsession with form. I strongly believe that with a good form the rest will follow. The spiral was a dominant feature of my pottery and is revisited in my felt. My work is informed by the natural world, its shapes and the materials under my hands. I learned long ago that if you respect these things the object will do your bidding. I hope to excite the viewer with the possibilities and mysteries of this ancient craft as we continue to explore the seemingly endless depths of its potential for art.