Botanical Felt Making with Ruth Packham

December 1st and 2nd at Quay Street Studios, Cardigan
Two day workshop £330

Join us for a weekend of botanical felt making. We love to develop new courses with our tutors and we think you’ll love this one! A whole weekend of walking, sketching, observing and felt making with needle felter Ruth Packham.

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Course Description

Get a glimpse of the creative realm Ruth inhabits in terms of thought process, design ideas, conceptual concerns and selection of images. Ruth will teach and guide you through your own creative journey in the process. Gain your own inspiration from our surroundings to produce your own photographs, drawings and ultimately piece of botanical felt work.

What will the course involve?

Day one: Saturday 1st December

After a short introduction from Ruth about her own ideas, processes and work, you will be let loose in and around town with a camera and sketchbook to gather ideas. We can head to the nature reserve and local beach for inspiration.

Then after lunch you will begin to develop your ideas, collating and looking at what inspired you outside.

Ruth will guide you through the creative process of how to simplify your visual ideas into those that can be made into a felted sculpture.

By the end of the day you will have a clear plan ready to begin felt making on day two.

Day two: Sunday 2nd December

Ruth, with samples which she has made, will demonstrate how to construct elements of your sculpture: showing felt making techniques. Having chosen your wool you will begin to make your felt sculpture.

You will be shown both wet and dry felting techniques and be provided with all the materials needed.

Wet felting can be a fairly physical process and involves water and soap. No previous felt making experience is needed but patience is essential.

The two days encompasses drawing, photography, design and felt making.

The Venue

We have chosen Quay Street Studios in Cardigan. Tap into the wealth of inspiration surrounding the venue for you to draw from for your botanic sculpture.

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If you would like to join us for the weekend and would like to stay then there are many lovely places in the area. Head over to our recommendations on the accommodation page.

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