Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mandala Mat Workshop with Martien van Zuilen


With Martien, I was lucky to have the opportunity to "learn to make a hand-felted rug inspired by the traditional art and design of the ‘Mandala’. Loosely translated to mean 'circle', a Mandala represents wholeness and balance; its symbolism appears in many cultures and aspects of life.

I explored felt-specific techniques for surface design and texture, including colour blending, pattern inlay, shading, and the effects of using simple stitch and incorporated a variety of fibres, pre-felts and yarns. This class guided students through the stages and process of colour use & effect, design, and mark-making in felt to create individual rugs." (from Martien's course description)


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