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Kristy Kún, USA: Texture Techniques with Needled Wool

Kristy Kún is an accomplished felter moved by the transformative qualities of wool and plant fibers and their parallels to environmental transformations; Birth, fruition, decay. Her current work advances the sculptural capabilities of hand-made wool felt, drawing on a previous career in woodworking to create complex joinery and sculptural forms in fiber.

Having dedicated thirteen years to building mortise and tenon constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep. 

Texture Techniques with Needled Wool

Rich textures in wool felt are achieved by constructing layouts of thick of needled wool and wet felting them into a densely felted textile.
Students will create sample-sized works, learning techniques for ribs, vertical joints, and petals. Each student's unique design will emerge from the way materials are shaped, cut, and formed. The final lesson explores techniques for creating sculptural flowers with refined petal forms and delicate tendrils. Students will test using materials layered with silk fiber and fabric for detail and added strength on delicate forms.