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Real Fibers, Unreal Results – Guest Blogger – Sabrina Bradley

May 6, 2011

Susan's Sauvie Island ©Pat Spark

For those of us who love fiber there is almost nothing better than a truly inspired result after working with beautiful materials. The irresistible pull of a pile of gorgeously colored fabric, threads or roving skyrockets us into a world of creative possibility. Tempering that creative urge with design and technical skills is a most fulfilling experience.

Piles of colorful roving for use in class.

Last fall we were thrilled to host Author and Artist Pat Spark as she taught Watercolor Felt Inlay. In this three day course Pat shared her wealth of experience in feltmaking concentrating on her special technique. The approach was simple and understandable, but the results were nothing short of spectacular. “Not only was Pat’s approach excellent, but she had slides and provided us technical information that really helped us understand why certain fibers worked better to achieve particular results.” – Carol Burrows

Pat Spark(left) and student Carol Burrows.

The class included students from a range of backgrounds, some were Diploma graduates and others were absolute beginners.  Upon completion of the course I heard equally glowing reports from each. “She was amazing” says Sydney Hole, “I look at the piece I finished in class every day and have to remind myself – I did that!” 

Tampa Memories ©Pat Spark

The most remarkable thing about the work created using Pat’s technique is that when seen in a photograph, at first, it is hard to believe that you are looking at felt. The way the fibers have been blended creates such depth. Seeing these pieces in person there is a tactile element that doesn’t let you forget – This is felt!

Students Charlene Rankin(left) and Sydney Hole work on original designs.

During the course, Pat provided the steps to complete a simple sample (a chance to focus on technique) and the chance for the student’s to experiment with their own original designs (putting techniques into practice).

Crocus ©Pat Spark

The technique covered in this course truly prepares one to move into a creative practice where imagination is the only limitation. We are happy to be welcoming Pat back once again this fall. Watercolor Felt Inlay will be offered again 9 – 11 September, 2011. The course brochure and registration sheet are available on our website.

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