Felting Inspirations from Nature

with Dagmar Binder

Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd August (3 days)

£295 excluding materials

Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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In this class inspired by the natural world, you will take nature’s endless variety of structures, surfaces and forms as a starting point for a complex felted object. You can take inspiration from aspects such as colour blends, repetitions, scale, inside/outside interactions, and groupings of single elements, as well as observing natural principles like stability, connections or proportions.

You will begin by experimenting with various material combinations and ways of producing formal organic elements: petals, pockets, cups, seedpods etc. You will combine and overlap them in conjunction with a carefully planned combination of resists to create hollows or spaces that can be opened and unfolded to expose unexpected three-dimensional structured surfaces or multi-faceted spacial objects, starting with poppy seedheads as an example.

This process will help you discover the huge variety of interpretations that can result from one single natural ‘model’ and will provide an invaluable addition to any future creative felting process, such as decorative or art pieces or even wearables.

This class is aimed at the more-experienced feltmaker.

This is the first of Dagmar Binder’s two Big Cat masterclasses. You can find details of her other class, Shadow-casting Felted Wall Sculptures, which takes place on the days after this class, here. The two classes are designed to offer complementary routes of exploration, but also to stand alone for anyone unable to attend both.

About the tutor

Dagmar Binder had been working with textiles for many years before she fell in love with felt 20 years ago. She creates fine art objects, stage costumes, garments and fashion accessories. She has been teaching felting techniques for over 10 years

  • For more information, take a look at her website.

Dagmar Binder Felting Inspirations 1

Dagmar Binder Felting Inspirations 2

Dagmar Binder Felting Inspirations 3