The Felting Craft
People and rooms want to find each other to feel at home with each other. Walls radiating warmth resonate with people. That inspires us to create large felt murals and architectural felts that can be touched, to combine contemporary art with the feel of a millennia-old, pure sensation: felt, one of the oldest textiles (6,500 B.C.) known to mankind. We are creating works with intriguing colours and textures in deep colours by laying thick layers of wool, rubbing them with water and soap, fulling and often cutting them for hour after hour. Under and through our hands, through intense bodily labour, works of shape, colour and sensuality come into being.
Craft and craftspeople represent the pinnacle of quality within many fields, where human creativity and creation meet. The institutional values of craft encompass excellence, the pushing of boundaries, and the ability to combine traditional knowledge with modern thinking in order to relate beautiful and unique art, and this is something that today feels more relevant than ever.
Craft implies an attention to detail, dedicating time and love into the work. Handmade things create and bring happiness. In a world where globalization has rendered everything homogeneous, the prospect of an object with provenance and heritage, created by the dedicated hands of an actual person, using unique skills, is rare.
Our raw materials – the kind of wools and silks, its colours, textures, its felting characteristics and shine effects- is where the true potential lies and is in part what makes the outcome of our works so exciting. Thus, the sourcing and dyeing of wools is an essential part of the felting process. The techniques of a felter are like never-ending stories, with each individual bound to a lifetime chasing the next level of perfection, widening their horizons, pushing new boundaries, and improving on what went before.
“The future is handmade. This is the real innovation.”
We feel connected to those people, who for thousands of years, have been and still are, very close to nature and who used felt for protection against the cold.”
Wool is so cool, and so hot. It is fire-retardent, sound-absorbing and biodegradable to name a few, and so much more.
We are making every effort to buy wool from “happy sheep” (or other hairy animals) only, locally sourced wherever possible. Once the wool is turned into felt-for example together with glossy silks and curls-it will outlive us all for thousands of years.
Influence of Felt Art on Human Psyche
Into our art works we incorporate our desire to use transformed felt to protect against inner cold and impoverishment. Felt radiates peace and positive energy, takes away echo and gives warmth. Being surrounded by applied felt art has proven to positively impact people’s sense of well-being and productivity. Other effects and positive impact of felt in interior architecture and the human psyche for example are that they:
- are creating a focal point in a large open space,
- have a positive impact on the wellbeing of people and their working/living environment,
- inject colour and life in the space: felt embraces a room,
- add a soft edge to strong lines in a space,
- add energy and life through implied movement / 3-dimensionality, and
- are a vibrant medium, filled with endless energy.
- the rawness of wool brings visual, tactile, and emotional experience,
- walls covered or decorated with felt art are radiating warmth and resonate with people, and
- they form a universal bond of discovery.