Shining Silk And Handmade Felt , Making Nuno Scarves , Wraps and Vests

March 24, 2016

IMG_0652I’m teaching a felting class at the Mendocino Art Center this April 15 to 17 . I am the fiber artist in residency there this year , it is my favorite place in the world and it has a very fine felting studio.

We will be making white nuno felt and shibori dyeing it, nuno felt my handyed silk, make a 2 pice nuno vest and explore making yardage.

I am very rarely teaching open felt classes any more so this is a rare chance to do lots of nuno felting together Opera Wrap 3 by Claudia Hoffberg 60x24in

Here is a link to the Art Center



Felting Residency at The de Young Museum

December 9, 2014

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I’m the artist in residency at the de Young Museum in San Francisco for the month of Dec . I will be there Wed to Sun Dec 3 to Jan 4 1 to 5. I am using my secret Streetcolor name.. Though not so secret as it once was.

It’s wonderful to me to see felt in a gallery setting. I wanted to push it as much as I could so I worked very large. It’s important to have a defined goal in artmaking to be productive and develop your largest ideas. To satisfy yourself with art.

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In my efforts to be as confident and big as possible this summer I felted a house. This was up in Mendocino. It was only up for 4 days but it was worth it to make a felted house.

On the other end of making felt – we are doing a felt flower installation at the de Young Museum for my interactive art project.

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This is the plan , first there is an installation of felt flowers on the wall that grows every day . Second I’m making felt flowers for the staff at the museum to wear -thus extending the space where art is seen in the museum. Third – people can come in to the Kimball Gallery and make their own felt flowers to wear and thus become part of the installation as they walk around the museum.

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This is where you come in, you can come by the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum , make a felt flower and pin it to the wall installation or wear it around and be a piece of art.

That’s what is going on with felt at the moment. If you are interested in felting classes they will begin again in 2015. I will post them later but the dates will be Sat Jan 10 ” Start Felting ” and Sat Feb 14 ” Valentine Felting “.

more here http://deyoung.famsf.org/calendar/december-artist-residence-streetcolor


Felting The Town Of Mendocino And A Felt Class Sat July 5

June 20, 2014

Making Felt mendocinoI’ve been putting up a very large felted installations in the town of Mendocino. Felt very conveniently turns out to be the most perfect material to make streetart, it can stand up to the weather like nothing else. Think felt yurts and you get the idea. { Should we be making felt yurts ? Maybe so ! } I can work very large and in a painterly way. I have been a visiting  artist at The Mendocino Art Center for this project and the fiber studio is large and light and best of al – it’s not mine ! Less responsibility , that’s what we want.

Black felt dryI’ve been building the large pieces out on the grid , drafting out the color and the adding in circles of felt. My idea is that the circle will be worked up into dimensional dots once the felt is very hard.

Black Bookstore feltThis is that same piece being sewn up outside the Mendocino Book store. It’s like a giant glass bead made of felt. Glass bead are an excellent source of imagery for feltmaking, lots of pattern and dots.

Big PillarsThese are the pillars outside of the store ” Out Of This World ” off  Main Street in Mendocino. For these pieces I had 2 people helping me lay out the work and rolling and felting. This felt like flying to me to be able to work this fast. I suggest you immediately get as assistant or 2 to help you make your felt. Try and find someone who will also bring you cinnamon buns.

Felting Class Sat July Panting with Felt and Fabric  10 to 5 100.00

After your done barbequing on July 4 consider a day of felting ! This class will be about nuno felting into silk, making nuno felt prefelts, over laying fabrics into each other , mixing colored wool and colored silk and how to use these methods in wraps and flat felt paintings. Lots of new material for experienced felters but great for beginners.

To sign up e-mail me at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com


Felting The Entire Town of Mendocino and Summer Felting Classes

April 13, 2014

IMG_1248I’ve been meaning to felt the entire town of Mendocino for some time. I gave it a try last summer and wrapped felt around The Moose Cafe { the cafe is sadly gone forever } , Alegria Oceanveiw Inn and The Mendocino Art Center. Then I ran out of steam , or rather time and felt. The Mendocino Art Center was very interested in the idea of wrapping up the whole town so with their encouragement I will be going back this summer and feltbombing 20 businesses in an art installation called ” The Mendocino Crayon Box ” The plan is to wrap the pillars of all the businesses going down Main Street with handmade felt that I make and then dye into saturated colors. Thus turning the town into a crayon box !

It will be up from June 13 to Aug 16.

And you can participate !

IMG_1810Pillars in Mendocino looking naked. Waiting to be covered in felt .

I will be teaching a summer felting class in Mendocino called ” Great Big Felt ” on June 6, 7 and 8 which will be about making very large pieces of felt to be included in this unusual and experimental installation { As far as I know no one has done this before with felt] The class will cover felting big, felting on a grid, how to use color brilliantly and a little dyeing. It is at The Mendocino Art Center and there is more here on their website mendocinoartcenter.org.

Another way you can participate is to send me knitted crocheted or felted flowers to be tied on lattices around town I would need this by June 1. You can contact me about this at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com

Donate !

And yet another way is to contribute seed money ! I am funding this all myself and I am learning all about the modern ways of self funding. The Mendocino Art Center has set up a page where you can make a tax deductible donation of 25, 60. 120 or 500. That wonderful page is here.

Summer Felting  Classes at Deep Color Studio

If you would like to take a felting class at Deep Color Studio this summer I will be teaching a one day class Sat July 5 on ”  Painting with Felt , Fabric and Wool ” . The class will be 10 to 5 and is 100. We will be covering how to embed fabric into a felt piece, how to make marks with wool, prefelts and how to make a felt wrap. The class must be prepaid to enroll. Contact me at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com

Hope to see you this summer !




Felting Into Fabric Sat. April 5

February 20, 2014

IMG_9319nFelt bag , nuno felting, sewing

So the next felting class is Sat April  5 and it’s about felting fabric into wool , an  endlessly entertaining subject. The questions people always ask me about my felting classes are these:

1. Are the classes suitable for beginners ?

Yes , absolutely, they are designed to start at the beginning. having said that they are also suitable if you have been felting for a while , they always have a lot of new information on color, design and felting methods.

2. How much are they ? What are the hours ?

The classes are 100.00 and are from 10 to 5. The cost includes some wool for the samples.

3.Where are you located ?

Deep Color is at 450 Colusa Ave in Kensington, Ca, { next to Berkeley } between Oceanveiw and Visalia.

4. What do I need to bring ?

I always send a list of what to bring but basically it always includes a pen, notebook,large towel, cellulose sponge, warm clothes, scissors and a potluck lunch item. I have more wool here than you can imagine for you to use and buy..

5. I’m interested in felting but I want to learn some other felting topic than the class. For instance vessel making rather than nuno felting and so forth.

Every felting class I teach covers the technical aspects of  how to make good solid eternal felt and that knowledge will help you felt anything. I do stay on topic in class though so that we don’t disintegrate into mayhem.

After you have taken a class if you wan tot set up your own felting studio I can tell you what to get. For the classes I supply the thin plastic, the ridged shelf liner plastic and the soap gel.

To sign up for a class e-mail me at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com. I hold you a spot after I receive the check.

So the April class still has space but is filling up so contemplate felting soon !



Felting Color Class Tips

January 15, 2014

colored felt classFelted color study by Norie Clark. Jan 4 2014.

I’ve thought a lot about color in my 13 years of felting and looked a what makes a colored piece look fresh, intriguing and full of energy and life. Felting has a particular element -you can keep endlessly piling color upon color and it doesn’t get muddy like paint. If you put the wool down thinly the colors of wool will mix into each other . If you lay the wool heavily you can paint colors out.

Here are my 5 rules of color.

1.Pick out the colors you like then extend the values -that is add in much lighter and darker values.

2.Lay out your piece and extend the values further-darken your darks and lighten your lights.

3. Add black and white.

4. Add the primaries, pure tones of red , yellow and blue. The eye is attracted to these unmixed shades. Red will move the eye around your piece, blue make everything more beautiful.

5.Bring the colors up very brightly, almost to the point of garishness. You are going to lose a least 20 to 30 percent of your color in the felting process.

Ok there is my 13 years of color observation.

So I know I said no more 1 day felting classes but I decided to do a few.

The next felting class will be Nuno felting { felting into Fabric } Sat April  5. In addition I will have a Texture in Felting class Sat Oct 4.

I will be teaching a 2 day felting class at The Mendocino Art Center Sat And Sunday June 7 and 8 that is part of a townwide feltbombing installation all summer. More about this soon !

If you would like to take a felting class with me drop me a line at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstuio.com



New Felting Classes For 2014

December 18, 2013

tiedye silkSome handyed silk  to be used for felting

Sat Jan 4  ; Color and Pattern in Feltmaking  10 to 5  100.00

Feltmaking allows us to draw and paint with wool in a flexible and forgiving way. We will layer color, create scrims and hazes , make prefelts and dry prefelts, work with making marks and also a little color theory.  projects can include place mats, scarves , small rugs or wall hangings. A good class if you like to felt but have trouble with the art part. Beginner to Intermediate.

Seamless Felt Coat by Claudia Hoffberg 60x24inSat April 5 Nuno Felting Into Silk    10 to 5  100.00

We will make thin shining felt and silk fabric that can be used for wraps , scarves and clothing. We will discus how to get the wool and silk to meld, how to create texture and ruffles and how to create  grids, circles and sheets of felt. Beginner to Intermediate

All classes must be prepaid. To enroll email me at c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com