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Learning time! Workshops for Spring

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Learn how to craft a wet felted wool vessel.
Wool is often seen as a therapeutic material for warmth, to soothe and comfort, and to heal pain. It is a versatile natural material that can carry half its weight in water, is fire resistant, muffles sound and is a superb insulator.
During the felting process the fibres are manipulated in such a way to be coaxed and then forced with friction and pure hard labour to alchemize into a strong and very versatile fabric…one of the first textiles made!

In this class we will create a round wool felt container and discuss the ideas of containment as a safe place. A creative visualization is part of the class and we will explore the many aspects of fibre based textiles.
We will discuss the ancient properties and traditions of wool felt and the symbols of containers in our life.

wool + soap & hot water + movement=handmade felt

Materials supplied.

$48.00 / 3 hour class.

Here are the dates/times and the facebook event links. Please share with those you think will be interested.

April 18th 12:30-3:30 – Facebook event here.

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May 2nd 12:30-3:30 – Facebook event here.ย 

Join me for an afternoon of fuzzy fun.

 

p.s. I need your help!! I have another workshop space available on May 23rd 12-3:30 pm, and I want YOUR INPUT! what do YOU wanna create? what do you want to make? I want to teach skills that are beneficial to your interests.ย Post in the comments below or email me over at tanisalexis@yahoo.ca and let me know what your interests are. Cheers!

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tips & tricks

current works, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

‘Tis the season for some learning! ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently participated in Nanaimo’s first Swap-o-rama-rama, and met so many new people all looking to learn some new tips and tricks about how to upcycle their shunken and worn out old sweaters. My completed project was felt fascinators for the hair, all put together with a bunch of needle felting, but once those needles came out it was apparent that most people wanted to ditch the project and make something of their very own. one woman made a big patch to pin on her coat shaped like an eye. It was awesome to see what people created.
With this in mind and realizing I have a whole load of information about felt making bumping around in my head, as well as a giant vial full of brand new felting needles (Thanks Moxie!) that it would be a shame to not open this fun up on a more regular basis.
You see, the problem I have had in the past with planning these sorts of workshops is the idea factory I run in my brain…it never stops…I treat the learning process in the same way I treat the creating process, instinctively, intuitively, naturally…
these will be open classes.
to participate, you will need to sign up with me for any of the dates times I have open (see below) and I’ll send you a list of basic materials you need to bring. ย (as well as a minimum fee* of $15 which includes supplies and guidance on your project. )

don’t have an idea for what you want to make? have something specific in mind that you want help with? I provide assistance with all things wool felt and together we discuss the merits as well as design the project together if need be. ๐Ÿ™‚
I offer one-on-one fully custom classes for the felt/fiber lover who is interested in delving deep with me and exploring the many facets of wool & felt.**

Assist me on a large project or we design something of our very own, and you will take your project home.

Based on discussions through email or on the phone we will decide what our goals are, gather resources and plan for a whole big explosive time together felting our hearts out. (Small deposit and pre-registration required)
Good music, yummy snacks to keep us fueled and a big imagination are mandatory, please bring yours and I’ll bring mine. ๐Ÿ™‚
Plan a ladies afternoon, a small birthday gathering, a special treat for yourself or just a blissful time to learn a new art.
Email me at:
tanisalexis@yahoo.ca for more information

felting tips&tricks workshops /sunday afternoons: bring a snack, your current project or an idea. email: tanisalexis@yahoo.ca to pre-register.***

Sunday, March 9th
Sunday, April 20th (Easter Weekend!)ย Cancelled.
Sunday May 18th
Sunday, June 22nd

additional dates available for custom classes. please email me for more information.

* $15 minimum fee is in consideration of those with a limited income. If you can afford to pay more, it is encouraged as this only serves for me to provide more classes, with better supplies and materials for you to benefit from. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for supporting artistry and learning.

**wool felt is the earliest fabric known to man, and predates spun and woven fabric. wool felt is created by the friction of fibres rubbing up against one another in order to bind closely and tangle to make a sturdy, warm and versatile fabric. two main types of felt making are dry felting (needle) and wet felting, a combination of these techniques along with a variety of materials and supplies the possibilities of felt making and design are endless!

*** located in beautiful Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada. Guest rooms available for out of town guests with preregistration, phone confirmation and deposit. Too far away to visit? See some of my online tutorials available here.

happy felting everyone! and much love.

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prints available online!

We Shall Live Here #10

Since time has been a major factor for all things in life, particularly since a certain little babe was born, I’ve decided to open a shop site on Society6ย ย for the time being.

This way I can offer to you a quick, professional service for prints (framed or not) and in some cases printed canvas also! Society6 provides a great place for artists to offer their work to the masses without the hassle of doing the printing, packaging, shipping and worrying that other avenues entail. My time is precious and I know yours is too. Keep checking back RIGHT OVER HERE SWEETNESSย as I slowly add various images over the next weeks. great idea for gifts. and if you’re so inclined in participating, there’s free worldwide shipping on now and throughout the weekend.

 

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The Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada. Home of the wild, wind whipped coast, sand and surf.

I was contacted by the prestigious Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino to see if I was interested in hanging some of my work in their new space (as of January 2013) the Henry Nolla Gallery.

Would I?! I was thrilled. This was back in June. ย I dove head first into the new series I was letting marinate. a short summer visit and I was hooked on the visuals, the sounds, the tiny and the gargantuan.

Depths Mixed media on organic cotton

Depths
Mixed media on organic cotton

Scenic Point 2 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas
Scenic Point 2
Acrylic & Ink on Canvas

Power Roots  mixed media on organic cotton
Power Roots
mixed media on organic cotton

 

 

Everything is ancient. it creaks, it whispers, always moving. everything is living, breathing, stretching, growing. The area is filled with wild magic. The spirits dance there.

I produced about 15 new pieces over the course of the Summer. 11 of which were delivered to Erika at the Wickaninnish Inn. They should all be hanging now, so if you are in the area, please be sure to give them a peek.ย 

xo!

 

 

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work in progress

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the title to this post could be a song for the soundtrack of my life. it’s where I’m at most days, but particularily in the field of creativity.
I’ve said it all too many times so I won’t continue with it, but time eludes me. I am gaining quite a bit more balance with life now that my wee one is 9 months old. there is finally a chance to understand that crazy word: ‘routine’ that all those baby advisors tell you about from day 1. and trust me, it wasn’t easy. both the wee one and myself had to figure lots of things out before we fell into the lap of ‘routine’. I can understand now why people talk about it so much when parenthood arrives..it’s so much easier to maintain a little bit of sanity when ‘routine’ is kicking around!!

so I’ve had some wonderful people approach me about some custom orders in the last few months. these are understanding, loving and appreciative people who know what I do, love what I do, and respect these moments of crazy that a new mom occasionally has. it’s a beautiful thing.
above is a photo of a current ongoing project on my hands. I call them cells. more like, big, fuzzy, wooly stitched circles on circles. a perfect pile of creative projects that I can pick up when time allows.. stitching an edge, adding a little flair, or tacking on more cirles…the person who has requested them had left colours up to me which is a nice bonus. They would like about a dozen, so I’ve cut out more than I need and maybe if I have some leftover from the order, I can post them into my shop later on. (which is a whole other story about time management! hey, this is progress, friends!! hahaha!)

more soon! xo

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