Contact me:   anita@anitalarkin.com

Public classes  Below is a list of upcoming workshops open to public enrolment.

Private tuition is available if you prefer to have a one-on-one class. You can have a class specifically tailored to you, learn in the privacy of your own home or come to my studio. Contact me to discuss.

Tailor a class: If you have a group of people who want to learn a particular aspect of feltmaking or sculpture,  I can tailor a class to your groups particular needs and travel to your venue to teach your group. 

I have been teaching feltmaking and sculpture since 1994. This includes workshops in High Schools and Primary Schools, community groups as well as teaching courses at a University level.

 


Geelong, Victoria
2017 GEELONG FIBRE FORUM
October 1st  - 7th 
www.taftainc.com.au 
FELT AND THE FOUND OBJECT

This class will make improvised constructed sculptures with the student’s own collected objects using simple and effective hand tool methods.  Screwing, wiring, riveting, and using modelling materials to make joins between objects will be utilised. This workshop will then explore practical methods of felting around various parts of the sculptures or objects. We will learn different ways to accommodate the migration of the fibres around a solid object, to achieve a well-made felt.  Felting around objects can alleviate the need for constructing complex resists and fussing with getting ‘no seams’. The object can make a felt form more structurally sound by providing support and weight. There can also be a very pleasing contrast in materials with the softness of the felt when parts of the object are left to protrude.

WORKSHOPS for 2018 ........ more will be added as they are confirmed.

National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney

8th – 12th January 2018
www.nas.edu.au
https://www.nas.edu.au/short-courses/240/

FELTED SCULPTURAL FORMS

Hand-made felt is a wonderful, malleable medium that can form complex shapes, creating an eloquent and intriguing medium for contemporary sculpture. Learn the fundamental felting techniques, making seamless three-dimensional forms using resist patterns, modelling solid felted shapes, and making felt around wire. Anita Larkin discusses the use of felt as a metaphor in artwork, considering its properties of insulation, its primal natural origins, its history as a protective shelter, its absorption of sound and moisture, and its tactile qualities as points of investigation in a sculpture. She shows examples of felted wool sculptural objects from the 5th century BC through to those of modern artists such as Joseph Beuys and Marion Borgelt. Drawing and collage exercises will also be utilised throughout the course to develop ideas for sculptural forms.

Launceston, TASMANIA
17 and 18th February 2018
contact: alsmitcran@gmail.com
NATURES FORMS
 
This class will look at the intricate and beautiful shapes to be found within natural objects and investigate ways of making these types of shapes in felt. A shell, a seedpod, or an image of a microscopic life form, can all be infinitely inspiring when you are make felted sculptural forms. The class begins with learning the skin-felting of wool, modeling, cutting, and sculpting solid felted shapes. The class will then progress onto making hollow felted sculptures of their own design based on the shape of a natural object. We will learn felting around a length of wire, how to create multiple pockets in the felt, and embed things (or more wool) to achieve high relief textures upon the sculpture.

Hobart TASMANIA
24 and 25th February 2018
Tassie Felters
https://tassiefelters.wordpress.com/

NATURES FORMS 
This class will look at the intricate and beautiful shapes to be found within natural objects and investigate ways of making these types of shapes in felt. A shell, a seedpod, or an image of a microscopic life form, can all be infinitely inspiring when you are make felted sculptural forms. The class begins with learning the skin-felting of wool, modeling, cutting, and sculpting solid felted shapes. The class will then progress onto making hollow felted sculptures of their own design based on the shape of a natural object. We will learn felting around a length of wire, how to create multiple pockets in the felt, and embed things (or more wool) to achieve high relief textures upon the sculpture.

Timeless Textiles Gallery,  Newcastle
20 and 21st October 2018
9.30-4.30pm $250 Morning tea and lunch included
for bookings go here
www.timelesstextiles.com.au
SKIN FELTING
Learn how to coax wool fibres into shapes without using water, by skin felting. This technique Anita has developed, and allows control over the fibres in making a felted sculpture. Also, learn essential modelling techniques for wet felting shapes by modelling directly in the hand. Experiment with the different shapes that arrive from cutting into, adding into, and anchoring the fibres by stitching during the felting process. Surprising little organic sculptures in felt will be made. Further develop your skills in feltmaking and make those sculptural shapes in felt that you’ve always wanted to.