Online workshops

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are the online workshops 'live'?


No, these workshops are pre-recorded. This means you can access the workshop content any time you like, in your own time zone (wherever you are in the world), at a time most convenient to you!

As feltmaking is such a labour intensive process, live sessions would by necessity have to be spread over many days, especially for larger projects and complex topics, so pre-recording the workshops also helps to keep the workshop registration fees down.

Finally, my studio is my quiet, reflective space, free from the internet, and I'd like to keep it that way!




How does it work?


When you register for a workshop, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to gain access to the 24/7 virtual classroom. This is where you will find the workshop contents, which consists of pre-recorded video demonstrations and step-by-step printable handouts. The virtual classroom is also a place where you can connect with your fellow students if you wish, post photos of your work and ask questions.

​Each workshop differs in length (indicated in days), with new materials made available each week. Each day is split into manageable chunks, or units. Most, though not all, units have video demonstrations. The units contain clear descriptions and colour photos to illustrate each step of the process.

​I recommended that you start by reading the short Unit Outline first, then watch the Video Tutorial(s) in the unit, before following the Step-by-Step Instructions. You can of course also play the video alongside your own working process. You can pause or replay a video at any time.

Each time you complete an activity, you mark it as 'completed'. UNIT OUTLINE Unit outlines give a brief overview of what will be covered in the unit. VIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS Video demonstrations vary in length, depending on the topic, and can range from five minutes to half an hour or more. Care is taken to include as much relevant information as possible, and to demonstrate the techniques and stages clearly. Typically, videos are quite detailed and include tips and insights that are not included in the step-by-step instructions, so you'll benefit most from a workshop by not skipping them. STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS The instruction sheets are available in each unit with accompanying photos, and as text-only PDFs so they can be downloaded or printed for your own personal use during and after the workshop. I do ask you respect that teaching is my livelihood, and that you do not share these resources with others who have not paid for this workshop. These step-by-step instruction sheets are intended to be used as a bullet point summary and reminder of what has been demonstrated in the accompanying video. Whilst it should be possible to follow the instructions as a stand alone activity, you will get a lot more out of it if you watch the accompanying video(s) first.

TUTOR FEEDBACK

​I will visit the virtual classroom at set times, to give constructive feedback on your work and progress, and to answer any questions you may have. Q&A's will be visible to all the students in the workshop, so everybody else can learn from them too, just as would happen in a physical learning environment!




Can I access the workshop contents on a mobile device?


Yes, all the contents are fully accessible on a mobile device.

However, you may find that your phone screen is too small for the video demonstrations and photo illustrations, so where possible a bigger screen is recommended.

You'll need a good internet connection to stream the video demonstrations.




How long are the workshops?


This will vary from workshop to workshop, depending on the topic.

The description of each workshop will contain information on the number of days of work involved. If the description says 'this is a 3-day workshop', this means it is estimated that the contents of the workshops will take on average 3 days to complete. Of course, everyone works at a different pace, so you may find you work faster or take little longer, and that is absolutely fine.

Each day's workshop content will be released in stages, over a number of weeks. For example, the contents of a 3 day workshop may be released gradually, over a period of 3 weeks. This gives you the freedom to choose which day(s) you want to work that week, and for how long, and at what pace. In longer workshops, there may be longer periods in between content release, to allow for breaks or periods of consolidation.

Unlike workshops that are taught in person, there is very little time pressure!




What if I miss a week, can I still access the workshop content?


In general, it is recommended that you follow the weekly format where possible, in order to engage more deeply with the process and benefit from the presence of your peer group.

But the beauty and benefit of online learning is in its flexible nature! So if you're away or life gets unexpectedly busy (as it invariably does), rest assured that the workshop content will remain available to you for some months after the workshop has ended. The exact number of months will vary, depending on the workshop, but will be clearly indicated in the workshop description. This way, you can work around your personal needs by spreading the content of the units over a longer period of time, or by simply taking a break and picking up the work at a later date.

Longer access to the workshop content also means that, if you're really keen, you could work through the contents multiple times!

You can log in to the virtual classroom at any time during those months, so you can go over any conversations that you have missed, review comments, or access videos and/or PDFs. You are also welcome to print PDFs for personal use after the workshop, but I ask that you respect that this is my livelihood and you do not share them with others.




Are materials included in the workshop fee?


No, materials are not included in the workshop fee, but the materials list for each workshop is kept as short, simple and low cost as possible. You may find you already have many of the items on the list in your home or studio!

Felt making is a relatively low tech art, which requires minimal tools and equipment. Though fancy water sprinklers, felting tools and rolling mats may have their benefits and may be tempting, at the end of the day, your hands are incredible tools and they are totally free.

The main financial investment in felt making is the wool, which should be of good quality and from a reputable source. The remainder of items can often be sourced cheaply and/or second hand.

A detailed materials list for each workshop is made available on registration.




Is there a limit on student numbers in each workshop?


Yes, though this number will vary from workshop to workshop and is significantly bigger than an in-person workshop.

The registration opening date for each workshop will be announced on this website, so keep an eye on the relevant page or sign up to my newsletter. You will not be able to register once a workshop is full.

In the virtual classroom, I give constructive feedback on the work you produce, and reply to your comments and questions. I aim to give fair and equal attention to all students. By keeping student numbers limited, I can do so without spreading myself too thin.




I missed out on registering, will I be able to join another time?


Most workshops will run multiple times a year, but as the range of my online workshop offering expands, this may change. When a workshop is full, but there is high demand for it, I may be able to run additional repeats, depending on the rest of my work schedule. The best way to stay up to date on the latest workshop offerings and when registration opens, is to sign up to my newsletter.




I cannot find the topic I am looking for, will you be offering any other online workshop topics?


I have plenty of ideas for topics and techniques that I am excited to share with you, but I will start my offering small.

Teaching online is a very different experience to teaching in person, and I want to make sure that I get the format right so that you, the student, can get the most from learning in this way. By starting small, I can gather your feedback, fine tune, and incorporate your suggestions into future workshops.

​If you are really keen on a particular topic, you are welcome to make suggestions via the contact form. Whilst I can't make any promises, I am happy to take your suggestions into consideration!




I prefer learning in a physical classroom, will you continue to teach in person?


Yes!

​Part of the joy of teaching for me is in meeting and getting to know people, the energy generated by being in a studio and going through the creative journey together, and being able to touch and handle your work with my own hands... This is not something I plan to give up entirely.

I aim to achieve a balance between teaching online and in person, so that those of you who prefer to learn in a physical environment can still do so, while broadening my availability to those of you who are unable to afford/take time off/travel to a physical learning environment.




How much does it cost?


Registration fees vary from workshop to workshop, depending on the length and topic. Materials are not included in the registration fees. The cost of each workshop is clearly listed in its description.




Is it possible to ask questions if I don't understand something?


Of course, this is what the virtual classroom is for. You can post questions, comments and photos of your work in progress in the virtual classroom at any time (24/7). I visit the classroom on set day(s)/time(s) each week to answer your questions and to give constructive feedback. This way, everyone should have the chance to ask a question and receive an answer on the week’s workshop content, before the following week’s content is released. Questions and answers are visible to your fellow students in your workshop too, and remain posted in the classroom. Before posting your question, it may be worth going over previously asked questions, as you may find your answer already waiting for you there! I aim to respond to questions individually, but on occassion, if questions are repeated or themes start to emerge, I may refer you to an answer I have already given previousy, or provide general guidance on the theme that is emerging.




What language do you teach in?


All the video demonstatrations and step-by-step instructions are in English. A reasonable command of English is required to get the most out of the workshops, you are the best judge of this. At present none of the on-line workshops are available in another language, though I may consider doing so in future. If English is not your first language, I recommend you watch the instructional video demonstrations as many times as you need to before you start work, and to work alongside me on the videos (you can pause videos any time). Visual clues often readily fill in the gaps of understanding in a way that words often cannot! I am fluent in English and Dutch, and have a reasonable command of French and German. As many of my international students will know, I'm always happy to listen to your questions in any of those languages, and to try and reply in them too!





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