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Sculptural Felting workshop at Arrowmont - June 2018 by Shana Kohnstamm

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It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since my first teaching experience at Arrowmont and I'm delighted that the good folks there invited me back for next season. The class is limited to a cozy 12 students and Shannon Owen, studio assistant extraordinaire, has agreed to join me for an encore of this felting survey. Link to Workshop

June 3 - 9, 2018    Sculptural Felting Course Description:

While wet felting wool fibers has been around for thousands of years, needle-felting as an art form is mere decades old. In this class, both techniques will be employed to create solid three-dimensional objects with an emphasis on form and color. Using wire, found objects and wool itself as armature, students interested in creating dynamic sculpture will explore their own designs. Wool varieties, tools, surface design and finishing techniques will be covered. Needle-felters wanting to try wet-felting or vice versa are encouraged to attend though all skill levels are welcome. Note: Both techniques require repetitive arm & hand motion.

Dubious Courage goes Zzooooooom... with pictures! by Shana Kohnstamm

The Dubious Expedition show opens a week from today, and I was fortunate enough to drop off my work in person last week. Maybe it's a good thing that I won't be there for the opening because all the previews/sneak peeks of the pieces coming in for the show are so yummy that I'd want to buy everything! Sputnik Sweetheart Anemone

"Bullula Circumfrictus" - bellyside. Wool, mica, acrylic.

 

The Courage Unmasked exhibit is now open at Sarratt Gallery on the Vanderbilt campus, through November 21st. Open and free for viewing. With over 50 transformed radiation masks, it is a very sobering and heartfelt show.

"Release/Reform/Renew" at Sarratt Gallery

 

More pictures!! Here are a few pieces that have come to completion since my last post. Although I haven't been as present in the studio (Tahiti) in the last few weeks, with travel and deadlines to get ready for, it does feel like my knowledge base is growing exponentially.

 

"Chrysalis 4" (back) - wool, wire and acrylic

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Something strange in the garden

 

I've been taking Fiona Duthie's online Surface Design workshop, with loads of techniques arriving every Friday. Some of these techniques I've been using since the very beginning (like making spikes and craters) but others have really sparked my imagination (nuno inclusions!).  One of my main objectives this year was to push the "Research and Development" of materials and I think that's been a very successful endeavor.

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You know those little toy cars that you pull back, creating tension and then you let them go and Zzzzoooooooooooooom?! That's kind of what I feel like right now, in an artistic sense. Here's maybe a better analogy: For the last 4 years I have been learning a new language of wool/soft sculpture. I've learned a lot of the vocabulary, discovered the nuances of dialogue, had some incredible instructors, picked up "slang" from the internet, drafted my own lexicon and started babbling. Now I'm ready to really start telling the story of my work. It's exciting and invigorating and slightly terrifying.

But first... one more workshop, and this one I've been waiting for for quite a while. I'll be studying with Lisa Klakulak starting this Monday in her home studio in Asheville, NC. As thrilled as I am to be spending quality time with Lisa (who I know from back in her Nashville days), it's the post-workshop days and weeks and months that I'm truly anticipating.. my "Go Zzzzzzzoooooom" time!

So, if you're around Asheville for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, drop me a note. I'll be in workshop Monday - Wednesday and then at SAFF on Friday shopping and stocking up for some serious studio time.