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FACES OF EXTINCTION

  • 5 1/2  days  + 1/2 day photography

  • Type: Master class

  • Level: Advanced

Today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earth’s land animals; human beings, our livestock, and our pets take up the remaining 97 percent of the biomass. This is due both to the explosion of industrial agriculture and to a hollowing out of wildlife itself, which has decreased in abundance by as much as 50 percent since 1970. This cull is from both direct hunting and global-scale habitat destruction: almost half of the earth’s land has been converted to farmland (Source: Peter Brannen, The Ends of the World)

Faces of Extinction is an international community art project & online exhibition that aims to draw attention to the impact of human activity on eco systems and habitats, and the huge challenges to wildlife across the world that are the result. Faces of Extinction occupies a dedicated Instagram site and Facebook page, and all images share a distinct set of guidelines to encourage visual unity.

The masks resulting from this master class will contribute to on-line exhibition Faces of Extinction. For this reason, all animals chosen have to be picked from the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species.

Prior to the course you will be asked to do some research on your chosen animal, as well as prepare a sign containing some basic written facts (more information on this will be provided in the Student Materials List sent out to you once your place is confirmed).

 

PRACTICAL LEARNING

During this technical master class, you will learn how to calculate, design and create a base resist template which will become the starting point for an animal mask that aims to be as realistic as possible.  A wide variety of animals may be created, with a corresponding wide range of techniques, including textural and sculptural effects, the application of fur and hair, fins, horns and more. 

Participants in this master class will learn how to achieve facial symmetry, experiment with different types of protrusions and colour, how to build up features and markings and create plumage/fur/hair, how to assemble all the 3-dimensional parts together, how to achieve concave and convex planes, and how to sculpt and shape the felt into a coherent animal form. You will be guided through the techniques step by step, and will benefit from the wide variety of animals created (and wide variety of techniques used) by your student cohorts. Learning is supported through practical demonstrations, regular and in-depth one-to-one consultations and practical help, handouts and illustrated explanations. 

You need to come prepared for hard work as well as plenty of fun (!), and are expected to bring inspirational photographs and sketches, samples, ready-prepared elements (if appropriate), ready-made signage and appropriate clothing for the photography session.

PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

In signing up to the master class, participants agree to take part in the photography session. This usually takes place in daylight, in the morning following the final tutored day of the master class.

COURSE OUTLINE:

DAY 1: Shrinkage / designing & preparing the resist / laying out 1 & 2

DAY 2: Eyes / laying out layer 3 & 4

DAY 3: Attachments / laying out 5  & 6

DAY 4: Fur, hair, locks / felting

DAY 5: Felting / sculpting

DAY 6:  Sculpting / finishes (morning only) & photography (afternoon)

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: ADVANCED

  • This is a master class for advanced and professional felt makers. Good felt making knowledge and experience is assumed.

  • The pace of this master class is VERY demanding, with targets to be achieved set each day.  Inexperienced felt makers will struggle to meet these targets, as there will be no time to go over any basics during this master class. Therefore, you must have

    • a thorough practical understanding of wet felting in general

    • an excellent working knowledge of making 3-dimensional wet felt around a resist in particular.

    • Ideally, you have attended previous workshop(s) with me. 

    • An aptitude for sculptural form is not essential, but will be helpful.  

  • This master class is ideal for those who have attended ‘An introduction to animal mask making’ advanced workshop previously.

  • This master class is NOT suitable for complete beginners or beginners, or those suffering from back or hand/arm injuries or other health issues that prevent them from standing/felting for long periods of time.

  • You must have a willingness and ability to work additional untutored hours if necessary (if venue allows), to achieve the daily targets set, and/or to come with ready prepared elements.

  • This in-person masterclass is strictly limited to 10 students.

Making a realistic mask in felt requires a combined approach of thorough planning, intuitive felt making and methodical, yet responsive sculpting. Felting masks is a complex, demanding and physical process which requires experience, stamina and determination. In order to complete the masks in this master class, daily tasks will be set and the pace will be demanding! For this reason it is imperative that you only apply for this master class if you have the right level of experience. Without the relevant experience and understanding of wool, you will struggle and may not be able to finish your project. 

Please use the experience level descriptions below to work out if this masterclass is suitable for you:

Total beginner: I have never wet felted before & wouldn't know where to start (but I may have dry/needle felted)

Beginner: I have made pieces of 2D wet felt but have not attempted any 3D work. I know the difference between felt and pre-felt.

Intermediate: I am proficient in 2D wet felt making, and have made 3D work wet felt. I have basic knowledge of wool breeds, shrinkage/calculations, and have practical experience of working with pre-felt and felting around a resist

​Advanced: I am an experienced wet felter, and have good working knowledge of both 2D and 3D wet felting techniques, including surface textures such as 'cracked earth' technique, and working with more complex resists. I have good theoretical knowledge of wet felting.

Professional: Felt making provides my main source of income. I have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of wet felting. I have developed a particular technique/style in my work. I currently am/would consider teaching my own workshops.

ADVANCE PREPARATIONS

Once accepted and registered on to this master class, students can contact Gladys at gladys@gladyspaulus.com with a few images to discuss suitability and any time saving advance preparations necessary.  This is not an invitation for prolonged discussion or a personalised workshop, this offering is purely intended to help students get off to a flying start during the master class. 

All students on this master class are required to:

  • make a small felt sample prior to the workshop. 

  • to prepare, print, and bring a "letter board" style sign, that you will hold in the photo (full instructions will be supplied on booking)

  • to bring a plain white/grey t-shirt or vest for the photoshoot

PLEASE NOTE​

All teaching/ instructions are given in English. Students need to have a basic understanding & command of the English language. Some written handouts  (in English) will be supplied. 

Colour Play

COLOUR PLAY: 

COLLAGE, CONTRAST, SHADE, BLENDING & LAYERING TECHNIQUES

 

  • 3 days

  • Type: workshop

  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate​

 

Dyed wool for felting is available in such a rich array of colours these days, it is tempting to buy every colour under the sun! But this can be a bit like opening Pandora's box...  This workshop is aimed at the felt maker who would like to learn more about the way colours interact with each other, who lacks confidence in how to achieve seamless colour graduation, and/or lacks knowledge in how to build up colour throughout the layers. This workshop aims to grow your confidence with both colour and fibre in a playful way. 

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

This is a stand alone workshop which may be of interest to any beginner/intermediate felt makers wishing to further their understanding of colour in their work and to develop a colour language that is unique to them. Please note that some basic felt making knowledge will be assumed, so this workshop is NOT suitable for total beginners who have never wet felted before.  'Colour Play' is also suited to anyone booked on to a mask making masterclass as a way to develop a colour palette in preparation for their mask.

Please use the experience level descriptions below to work out if this workshop is suitable for you:

Total beginner: I have never wet felted before & wouldn't know where to start (but I may have dry/needle felted)

Beginner: I have made pieces of 2D wet felt but have not attempted any 3D work. I know the difference between felt and pre-felt.

Intermediate: I am proficient in 2D wet felt making, and have made 3D work wet felt. I have basic knowledge of wool breeds, shrinkage/calculations, and have practical experience of working with pre-felt and felting around a resist

​Advanced: I am an experienced wet felter, and have good working knowledge of both 2D and 3D wet felting techniques, including surface textures such as 'cracked earth' technique, and working with more complex resists. I have good theoretical knowledge of wet felting.

Professional: Felt making provides my main source of income. I have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of wet felting. I have developed a particular technique/style in my work. I currently am/would consider teaching my own workshops.

 

PRACTICAL LEARNING

Over 3 days of experimentation, you will learn the basics of colour theory, the ways fibres can be mixed and layered, how we can make colours  ‘sing', or how to tone them down. We will experiment with colour schemes, and through the use of pre-felt collage and selective framing processes, we move toward the creation of a series of swatches, with a particular focus on composition and dynamic surface/line/colour contrast, which may incorporate fabrics & textures. The workshop will culminate in a short show & tell, and you will leave with a panel of colour ‘sketches’ that can form the basis for a large work (such as wall hangings, rugs or surface decoration on a sculptural piece) to make at home.

 

NOTE: In the 4 day version of this workshop, students will use the colour sketches as a jumping off point to create a stand-alone artwork in the classroom. Students in both workshop formats are asked to prepare pre-felts in advance, and more will be created during the workshop. 

 

Learning is supported through practical demonstrations, handouts and illustrated explanations.

COURSE OUTLINE

 

DAY 1 Basic colour theory. Colour schemes with pre-felts. How to utilise fibres to achieve subtle colour graduating.   

DAY 2 Apply theory to a large felt.

DAY 3 Felt, select/frame areas,  assemble, collage, present. Show & tell.

PLEASE NOTE

All teaching/instructions are given in English. Students need to have a basic understanding & command of the English language. Some written handouts (in English) will be supplied.

SAMPLES: A LIBRARY OF IDEAS

 

  • 5 days

  • Type: workshop

  • Level: Intermediate

 

This workshop - a creative inquiry into the potential of both felt and samples - has been developed in response to students’ requests. The power of the humble sample is often underestimated, and in this workshop participants will come to (re)appreciate the role sampling has to play in their creative journey. Not only can samples help avoid costly (and painful) mistakes in the long run, they can also help to get through creative blocks, and can even become art works in their own right.

 

PRACTICAL LEARNING

During this workshop, you will make a series of 2-D felt pieces from which small samples (approximately 15 x 15cm) are selected. These will form the jumping off point for a deeper exploration of felt making techniques and effects, as well as contrast and composition, and become the  basis for a very personal line of inquiry. This workshop is not about achieving a particular outcome, but rather about the joy of responding in the moment and learning through play, trial and "error". It is intended to give you the freedom and time to explore, experiment that is so often lacking in our daily life, and to deepen your understanding of the medium. You will develop the beginnings of a reference library of techniques and ideas to enable future projects, which can continue to grow at home. A wide range of materials may be incorporated into the samples, and you will be encouraged to think outside the box.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a 3-D sculpting workshop! While some 3-D elements may be incorporated on the surface of the felt, we will be focussing on the creation of 2-D samples ONLY.

Whether a felt maker preparing for a specific project or body of work, or a felt maker who simply would like to explore textures and techniques through some experimental play, this workshop aims to help you get started on what may well become a life-long addiction.

 

The contents of this workshop are flexible and will be tailored to the students. Students are expected to come with an open mind and experimental attitude. Learning is supported through practical demonstrations and illustrated explanations.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

 

Although this course is a stand-alone workshop which may be of interest to any intermediate felt makers wishing to further their understanding of sampling in their work, it will also benefit anyone attending a 5-day mask making master class.  Basic wet felting skills such as the making of pre-felt will be assumed.

Please use the experience level descriptions below to work out if this workshop is suitable for you:

Total beginner: I have never wet felted before & wouldn't know where to start (but I may have dry/needle felted)

Beginner: I have made pieces of 2D wet felt but have not attempted any 3D work. I know the difference between felt and pre-felt.

Intermediate: I am proficient in 2D wet felt making, and have made 3D work wet felt. I have basic knowledge of wool breeds, shrinkage/calculations, and have practical experience of working with pre-felt and felting around a resist

​Advanced: I am an experienced wet felter, and have good working knowledge of both 2D and 3D wet felting techniques, including surface textures such as 'cracked earth' technique, and working with more complex resists. I have good theoretical knowledge of wet felting.

Professional: Felt making provides my main source of income. I have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of wet felting. I have developed a particular technique/style in my work. I currently am/would consider teaching my own workshops.

COURSE OUTLINE

 

DAY 1 Group work: Starting out, pre-felts, fabrics, textures, contrast

DAY 2 Group work: Framing & selecting, zooming in, following an inquiry

DAY 3 Individual inquiry

DAY 4 Individual inquiry

DAY 5 Individual inquiry continued, show & tell, closing

PLEASE NOTE

All teaching/instructions are given in English. Students need to have a basic understanding & command of the English language. Some written handouts (in English) will be supplied.

Sampes: A library of ideas

Animal Masks level 1

INTRODUCTION TO MAKING ANIMAL MASKS - THE BASICS (LEVEL 1)

 

  • 5 days 

  • Type: Advanced workshop

  • Level: Advanced

 

Making a realistic animal mask in felt is a hugely time consuming and complex process, and takes much repetition and practice to master. Many overly ambitious, intricate and complicated designs are started in masterclasses, only to never get finished at home due to a lack of time, energy and experience…. This can be confrontational, frustrating and disappointing.

 

In this advanced workshop, students are guided through the basic principles and techniques of felting an animal mask, step by step, from start to finish, using a relatively uncomplicated animal as their starting point. The focus is less on achieving a hyper-realistic and hyper detailed mask of the type created in master classes, and more on achieving a thorough understanding of the different aspects involved in the process, and on executing each stage well. The sculpting aspect, in particular, is something that many find difficult and daunting, as it requires more than just a knowledge of felt making. By focusing on relatively “simple” animal shapes, we spend less time on intricate surface details, complex technical feats, or wide variety of embellishments, and more time on learning how to achieve strong and convincing sculptural shapes.

PRACTICAL LEARNING

 

Starting with the creation of a base resist, students will learn how to plan and replicate the animal's characteristic bone structure, features and colour markings, how to achieve facial symmetry, ways to create types of plumage/fur,  how to sculpt and shape the felt, and how to achieve a strong and convincing whole. In order to finish the mask within the allocated time, and to observe the wide variety of shapes and facial expressions that can be achieved during the sculpting process, students in this master class will all work to the same animal template(s) (provided by the tutor). The tutor’s choice of animal may change from workshop to workshop, but will be clearly communicated through the promotional course material in advance. Students are of course free to interpret the animal provided through minor template alterations, colour choice and sculptural decisions.

 

This advanced workshop is aimed at those who would like to gain a thorough understanding of how to make a full head cover animal mask, but who are not yet ready to make overly complex and detailed pieces. This workshop is an excellent prelude to those who wish to progress to the Faces of Extinction master class in future.

 

Learning is supported through practical demonstrations, one-to-one consultations and practical help, handouts and illustrated explanations. 

 

DAY 1: Shrinkage / designing & preparing the resist / laying out 1 & 2

DAY 2: Eyes / laying out 3 & 4 

DAY 3: Attachments /laying out 5  & 6 /fur, hair

DAY 4: Felting / sculpting

DAY 5:  Sculpting / finishes

 

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

 

Suitable for intermediate felt makers, this advanced workshop sits somewhere between a workshop and a master class. Practical knowledge of felting around a resist & a good understanding of  wet felting in general will be assumed, as there will only be limited time to go over felt making basics during this workshop. Furthermore, you will have a willingness and ability to work additional untutored hours, if necessary, to achieve the daily targets set. 

Mask making in wool felt is a complicated, demanding and physical process and requires stamina and determination. In order to complete the masks in this advanced workshop, daily tasks will be set and the pace will be demanding. For this reason, regrettably, this advanced workshop is NOT suitable for beginners or those with back or hand/arm injuries or other health issues that prevent them from standing/felting for long periods of time.

Please use the experience level descriptions below to work out if this workshop is suitable for you:

Total beginner: I have never wet felted before & wouldn't know where to start (but I may have dry/needle felted)

Beginner: I have made pieces of 2D wet felt but have not attempted any 3D work. I know the difference between felt and pre-felt.

Intermediate: I am proficient in 2D wet felt making, and have made 3D work wet felt. I have basic knowledge of wool breeds, shrinkage/calculations, and have practical experience of working with pre-felt and felting around a resist

​Advanced: I am an experienced wet felter, and have good working knowledge of both 2D and 3D wet felting techniques, including surface textures such as 'cracked earth' technique, and working with more complex resists. I have good theoretical knowledge of wet felting.

Professional: Felt making provides my main source of income. I have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of wet felting. I have developed a particular technique/style in my work. I currently am/would consider teaching my own workshops.

PLEASE NOTE

All teaching/instructions are given in English. Students need to have a basic understanding & command of the English language. Some written handouts (in English) will be supplied. 

FOE France

FACES OF EXTINCTION (ANIMAL MASKS LEVEL 2)

  • 6 days  + 1/2 day photography

  • Type: Master class 

  • Level: Advanced (application criteria apply)

Today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earth’s land animals; human beings, our livestock, and our pets take up the remaining 97 percent of the biomass. This is due both to the explosion of industrial agriculture and to a hollowing out of wildlife itself, which has decreased in abundance by as much as 50 percent since 1970. This cull is from both direct hunting and global-scale habitat destruction: almost half of the earth’s land has been converted to farmland (Source: Peter Brannen, The Ends of the World)

Faces of Extinction is an international community art project & online exhibition that aims to draw attention to the impact of human activity on eco systems and habitats, the huge challenges to wildlife across the world, and of imminent natural network collapse. Faces of Extinction occupies a dedicated Instagram site and Facebook page, and all images share a distinct set of guidelines to encourage visual unity.

The masks resulting from this master class will contribute to on-line exhibition Faces of Extinction. For this reason, all animals chosen have to be picked from the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species.

Prior to the course you will be asked to do some research on your chosen animal, as well as prepare a sign containing some basic written facts (more information on this will be provided in the Student Materials List sent out to you once your place is confirmed).

 

PRACTICAL LEARNING

During this technical master class, you will learn how to calculate, design and create a base resist template which will become the starting point for an animal mask that aims to be as realistic as possible.  A wide variety of animals may be created, with a corresponding wide range of techniques, including textural and sculptural effects, the application of fur and hair, fins, horns and more. 

Participants in this master class will learn how to achieve facial symmetry, experiment with different types of protrusions and colour, how to build up features and markings and create plumage/fur/hair, how to assemble all the 3-dimensional parts together, how to achieve concave and convex planes, and how to sculpt and shape the felt into a coherent animal form. You will be guided through the techniques step by step, and will benefit from the wide variety of animals created (and wide variety of techniques used) by your student cohorts. Learning is supported through practical demonstrations, regular and in-depth one-to-one consultations and practical help, handouts and illustrated explanations. 

You need to come prepared for hard work as well as plenty of fun (!), and are expected to bring inspirational photographs and sketches, samples, ready-prepared elements (if appropriate), ready-made signage and appropriate clothing for the photography session.

PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

In signing up to the master class, participants agree to take part in the photography session. This usually takes place in daylight, in the morning following the final tutored day of the master class.

COURSE OUTLINE:

DAY 1: Shrinkage / basic anatomy / designing & preparing the resist / laying out 1 & 2

DAY 2: Laying out 1 & 2 (continued) / eyes 

DAY 3: Eyes /attachments / laying out 3 & 4 / 5  & 6

DAY 4: Laying out 5 & 6 (continued) / fur, hair, locks

DAY 5: Felting / sculpting

DAY 6:  Sculpting / finishes

Extra: Photography

 

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: ADVANCED

  • This is a master class for advanced felt makers. Good felt making knowledge and experience is assumed.

  • The pace of this master class is VERY demanding, with targets to be achieved set each day.  Inexperienced felt makers will struggle to meet these targets, as there will be no time to go over any basics during this master class. Therefore, you must have

    • a thorough practical understanding of wet felting in general

    • an excellent working knowledge of making 3-dimensional wet felt around a resist in particular.

    • Ideally, you have attended previous workshop(s) with me. 

    • An aptitude for sculptural form is not essential, but will be helpful.  

  • This master class is well suited to those who have attended ‘An introduction to animal mask making’ advanced workshop previously.

  • As part of the venue's application process, you may be required to complete a self-assessment questionnaire to help you decide if this master class is right for you. Answers provided will be shared with the tutor, in order to assess your suitability for this master class. Please be honest and realistic in your answers. The tutor's decision is final.

  • This master class is NOT suitable for beginners or those suffering from back or hand/arm injuries or other health issues that prevent them from standing/felting for long periods of time.

  • You must have a willingness and ability to work additional untutored hours if necessary (if venue allows), to achieve the daily targets set, and/or to come with ready prepared elements.

  • This in-person master class is strictly limited to 10 students.

Making a realistic mask in felt requires a combined approach of thorough planning, intuitive felt making and methodical, yet responsive sculpting. Felting masks is a complex, demanding and physical process which requires experience, stamina and determination. In order to complete the masks in this master class, daily tasks will be set and the pace will be demanding! For this reason it is imperative that you only apply for this master class if you have the right level of experience. Without the relevant experience and understanding of wool, you will struggle and may not be able to finish your project. 

Please use the experience level descriptions below to work out if this workshop is suitable for you:

Total beginner: I have never wet felted before & wouldn't know where to start (but I may have dry/needle felted)

Beginner: I have made pieces of 2D wet felt but have not attempted any 3D work. I know the difference between felt and pre-felt.

Intermediate: I am proficient in 2D wet felt making, and have made 3D work wet felt. I have basic knowledge of wool breeds, shrinkage/calculations, and have practical experience of working with pre-felt and felting around a resist

​Advanced: I am an experienced wet felter, and have good working knowledge of both 2D and 3D wet felting techniques, including surface textures such as 'cracked earth' technique, and working with more complex resists. I have good theoretical knowledge of wet felting.

Professional: Felt making provides my main source of income. I have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of wet felting. I have developed a particular technique/style in my work. I currently am/would consider teaching my own workshops.

ADVANCE PREPARATIONS

Once accepted and registered on to this master class, students can contact Gladys at gladys@gladyspaulus.com with a few images to discuss suitability and any time saving advance preparations necessary.  This is not an invitation for prolonged discussion or a personalised workshop, this offering is purely intended to help students get off to a flying start during the master class. 

All students on this master class are required to:

  • make a small felt sample prior to the workshop. 

  • to prepare, print, and bring a "letter board" style sign, that you will hold in the photo (full instructions will be supplied on booking)

  • to bring a plain white/grey t-shirt or vest for the photoshoot

PLEASE NOTE​

All teaching/ instructions are given in English. Students need to have a basic understanding & command of the English language. Some written handouts (in English) will be supplied. 

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