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I recently taught two Nuno Felting classes at Create Mixed Media Retreat in Costa Mesa, California. The retreat was put on by Interweave, the publishers of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
Watching each person tackling a new technique, I was reminded of how revealing the creative process can be. Whether you are the teacher or the student, the creative process tells a story about who that person is and how she approaches life.
In the two classes I taught, I saw a variety of styles: rough, raw and organic, smooth and precise, delicate and bold. A few of the students were quilters and some approached their work in squares and were very regimented; others were wild with color, movement and layers. The quilters used alot of thread in their work.
All seemed to love their finished product, even if it looked different than they had envisioned. Since our felt was too wet at the end of class to finish embellishing, I asked the students to take their pieces home and work on the finishing touches.
I am attaching a slide show of my two classes. I Would love to hear from you about your creative process or use of felt. To those of you who participated in the classes, plese share your experience and post pictures of your finished pieces.
I always return from retreats and classes feeling inspired, energized, educated and enriched.
Best to all of you,
Jo Ann Manzone