Vrouw Wolle ~ Viltacademie

Extra datums! Felt and the Found Object

14-15-16 september 2024
door Anita Johnson

Anita will lead students in learning practical ways of making sculptural assemblages from their found objects. Students will use effective hand-tool methods, cutting, modelling, screwing, wiring, and riveting things together, as they look at ways that narrative can evolve from joining disparate objects together. Skills in using the Dremel and modelling materials to make seamless joins between objects will be shared. The workshop follows on from this object assemblage to explore various methods of felting around parts of the sculpture. Anita will share different ways to accommodate the migration of the fibres around a solid object, thereby achieving a felt skin of integrity around it. A pleasing contrast of hard materials against the softness of the felt can be observed when parts of the object are left to protrude, or an object may be left entirely enshrouded in its felt skin. The class will discuss how sculptural assemblage of found objects and the incorporation of felt around sections of them, can lead to unexpected and emotive narratives in artworks.


Anita Johnson is an Australian sculptor and feltmaker who graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of The Arts, The University of Sydney. Currently studying a Doctor of Creative Arts at The University of Wollongong, her research and art practice focuses on concepts of repair and care utilising felt, textiles and found objects. Johnson has exhibited her sculptures in The NSW Art Gallery, Sydney, The Hungarian National Gallery, The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, The Museo del Tessuto, Italy, The Blake Prize, Sydney, The Australian War Memorial Art Collection, Canberra, The 6th International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Art, Mexico, Sculptural Felt International, Netherlands and Australia, The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, Australia, The 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, The Australian Design Centre, and the 10th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, MIFA - Miami International Fine Arts, USA. Exhibiting as Anita Larkin from 2000 to 2021 she is currently represented by Defiance Gallery in Sydney - www.defiancegallery.com Johnson has taught feltmaking since 1994 within Australia and internationally, developing her own methods from a sculptural perspective of the forming and use of felt. She conducts sessional lectures in this field at The National Art School, Sydney. Anita is a generous and patient teacher with 30 years of experience in feltmaking techniques within the realm of sculpture.


  • 10:00 tot 17:00 (atelier is open vanaf half 10)
  • Prijs: €495
  • Inbegrepen: uitgebreide lunch, drank en versnaperingen, excl. materialen
  • Locatie: Atelier Vrouwwolle, Kapelstraat 81 (achter de Citroëngarage), B-2910 Essen
  • de materiaallijst wordt u toegestuurd 6 weken vóór aanvang
  • Ervaring: ja
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