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1-Day Workshop | Wet Felting Bowls and Bags

Saturday, March 04, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Running Time: 4 hours

This class teaches students how to wet felt a vessel. The two options provided to learn are bowls and handbags. You will learn the fundamentals of wet felting with a resist. The course will use the museum’s 2013 exhibition, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, as a point of inspiration. In relating to this exhibition, students will learn the importance and relationships of colors and the benefits of creating with fibers as a community. The finished product is satisfying, and the students can take home an object that is both utilitarian and a work of art.


What to Expect: Students can expect to be working most of the time with messy materials. The process is physically demanding and hands-on. You will begin with covering your resist with wool, agitating the wool, then repeating the process multiple times. The felting process will involve a lot of agitation and repeated throwing around of the object.  Students will be making one finished artwork. Students do not need any prior knowledge, but will need to be prepared for many layers of work.


Materials: All materials are included in class pricing and will be provided to students at the beginning of class.


Educator: Samara Johnson,  

Samara Johnson is an exhibiting multi-disciplinary artist, working with painting, fibers, sculpture, and non-traditional artistic mediums, such as horse hair and expanding foam. Her work conveys a sense of empathy and connection with animals and the body from the inside out, gleaning inspiration from her upbringing in Alaska as well as her lifelong experiences with horses and various other animals. Johnson holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Colorado Boulder, a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a BA in French from Sonoma State University, and is currently a professor of the arts.

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