Posts Tagged ‘art’


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


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



It’s Fall – You Should Felt

August 29, 2013


Fall in the Bay Area has a calming golden light, balmy weather and fresh sweet apples. It makes you want to make felt doesn’t it?

We had the ” Blue Felt ” class this weekend and I taught 3 things ;

1. If you are struggling with the color and imagery in your felt start adding blue, preferably a deep pure blue. Blue is the most restful and settling color, as you add more blue the piece will become more beautiful.

2. If all else fails you can save any felting disaster  by dyeing it in an indigo pot, everything looks good dyed indigo blue.

3. When you dip felt into indigo pot – first presoak it plain warm water. On your first dip go for 10 seconds , then 30 seconds to 1 minute for the next dips. Wait half an hour to an hour between dips. Let the piece dry completely. Wait at least a week before you wash out the indigo. The longer you wait the better  . Wash using lots of hot water and soap and finish with a bit of vinegar in the water.

I learned something new this weekend too. I went to Dharma to buy new Theoria Dioxide to reduce the indigo pot. The thiox we had been using was very old , maybe 10 years old and yellow. Well – this new fresh thiox was amazing , it reduced the pot searing yellow and the indigo really bit . This will be much better – who knew ?


So now is a good time to sign up for fall felting classes – on Sat Sept14 we will be doing “Felt Things to Wear ” which will cover yardage , wraps and simple vests with nuno felting. You will get something fine to wear for sure.

In Oct you can felt for one day or a whole weekend Sat Oct 12 is  “Color and Felting in Felt ” ” and Sunday is ” The Great Fundamentals of Felting “. I have had a request for needle felting in that class. You can sign up for 3 classes and save 30.00 bucks . Or 100 a piece. Classes need to be paid in advance and are non transferable. There is a 2 week cancellation policy.

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