Hidden Villa is open to the public. Plan your next trip on our 'Visit' page.

Wool + Work: A Wet Feltmaking Class at Hidden Villa

Description

Join us for a day of fun, fiber and felting!  Experience learning through communal work. The process of wet felting pulls the body into service with the intrinsic tangle of wool. Feltmaking is an ancient fiber art that manipulates inherent material properties to create permanent bonds between individual fibers, producing durable and cohesive textiles like rugs, blankets and clothing. In this workshop you’ll learn about the historical and cultural significance of wool-textile making as well as the ecology of shepherding. You’ll then work with your fellow participants to create a textile fabric from Hidden Villa wool. It’s a low-tech method that uses soap and hot water and plenty of elbow grease. Throughout the class you’ll explore tactile learning techniques, and use movement as a methodology for shared labor and collaborative textile production.

Wetfelting instructor, Taylor Hanigosky is an interdisciplinary artist and farmer engaging the creative practice as an active participation with place.  The rich metaphors embedded in her fiber arts practice have become foundational to her emphasis of collaboration, embodiment and ritual labor.  She co-organizes Wild Altar Farmstead, a food, art and community-minded land project in Virginia.  

Duration

This class will take place from 10:00am - 5:00pm.  There will be a 1 hour break mid-day for lunch.  

Good to Know

Please bring a lunch, snacks and water to keep your energy up throughout the day.  

Wet felting can be physically strenuous at times and requires one to stand for long periods, as well as squat and work on the ground.  

Who Is This For?

Adults and children ages 12 and up.

Price

$100/person includes instruction and materials.

Image_List