16 Stoddart Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE2 1AN

Mon-Sun, 10am - 5pm

Join us at The Biscuit Factory for Expressive Landscapes, a felting creative workshop with Valerie Wartelle.

Expressive Landscapes Workshop // Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March

£190.00

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Location: The Biscuit Factory

Hosted by: Valerie Wartelle

 

About

On this two-day weekend course you will be guided through the steps I use when creating my own felt artwork. You will be encouraged to explore the qualities and behaviours of wool fibres, silk threads and fabrics through the wet-felting process. This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability from beginners to experienced felters, and only requires of you to engage your own creativity.
Day 1

On day one you will first explore marks and textures through rubbings, collage and drawing. Through discerning observation, you will enhance, isolate and develop line, texture, form & colour to create a series of drawings. These will then be used as inspiration to develop experimental pieces, manipulating fibres and textiles using the layering technique.

Day 2

Day two will be dedicated to creating your main felted artwork. Working from your own starting point as well as your drawings & samples from the previous day, you will develop your piece gradually applying fibres, threads and inserts in fine layers.

 

Ticket price includes all materials.

 

Valerie Wartelle

Brought up in France and French Polynesia, Valerie originally came to the UK to study textile design and is now a widely exhibited artist working and living in West Yorkshire. In 2015, she was awarded the Embroidery Magazine’s Best Emerging Textile Artist at SIT Select Showcase, as well as Best Picture in Show at the Great North Art Show.

Valerie’s practice is rooted in a fascination with the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form. Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she explores texture, colour, layering and process to create contemplative and ethereal artworks. Her primary technique is wet felting; a traditional craft technique using wool tops, hot water, soapsuds and friction to interlock the fibres together. The compositions are built in layers, hinting at what may lie beneath, and use translucency and light to create absorbing moods. These are highly textured felt pieces in which cloth is embedded, prints disguised, threads unravelled and details finely stitched, as a painter with her brush. The analogy with painting is significant throughout, making the viewing inquisitive, and challenging people’s perception.

 

Further information

A discount voucher for use in The Factory Kitchen café will be provided for all workshop participants.

All participants will receive an emailed booking confirmation and a reminder email close to the event.

Payment is required upon booking. Cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop date are eligible for a full refund.