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Biography

Nemez is the Hungarian word for an ancient textile proces using wool fibers, water, and vigorous kneading, the end product being a durable, unwoven material: felt.
I knew I had found my medium and perhaps my life's profession as well when, after long experimentation, I began to recognize what possibilities working with wool holds in terms of surface textures, densities and colors, in both two and three dimensions. I experimented with different grades and qualities of wool and various processes, from the soft, magical silk-and-merino layers of nunofilc to the hard, durable traditional raw-wool nemez and its modern applications.
Felt-making is painting and sculpture combined. The combinations of colors and the different qualities and applications of wool hold vast possibilities, and the textures, forms, and effects which can be obtained through the introduction of 'foriegn' materials (i.e: other textiles, organic materials, wire and metallic thread, beads, stones, etc.) are virtually endless. Felt as an expressive medium is conducive to an instinctive and spontaneous creative process for both beginners and veteran felters.
My personal creative process is one of constant experimentation, and the gratification of creating beautiful objects is enhanced when I feel that others can appreciate these magical qualities and processes.

Process

A Wool fibres exposed to hot water and vigorous kneading metamorphose into a new material, a dense, textile-like surface commonly known as felt.
A relatively recent variation on this technique involves combining the dry wool fibres with finely- woven silk fabric, and felting the two materials together. As the wool is felted it works its way into the silk, and as the wool fibres curl and pull together, wrinkles form in the silk (which does not shrink because it is technically a plant fibre). This process creates a unique and particularly interesting surface, especially if complimentary or contrasting colours are used. This technique is known as nunofilc. Since this effect typically uses only two layers of wool laid perpendicularly to each another on the silk, the amount of shrinkage is more significant than what we experience with traditional felting, and for this reason care must be taken if, for example, an item of clothing is being felted that the starting pattern be larger than usual to allow for this extra reduction.


In addition to silk, chiffon, organza, gauze, rayon, glass beads, shell, and fine metal wire can also be incorporated into felt.

Materials sources: www.szovohaz.hu

Exhibitions

2016 Aug 5-7 ACC San Francisco Show
2016 March 10-13 RAGS Wearable Art Show and Sale

2015 Oct 23-25 Best of the Northwest
2015 Oct 1-4 Local 14, Portland
2015 July 24-26 Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Booth 31
2014 Oct 29-30 Holiday Market at Women's University Club
2014 Oct 24-26 Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show Booth C4
2014 Sept-Dec Second Thursdays West Seattle Art Walk - come and meet me in my studio!
2014 Oct 2-5 Local 14, Portland
2014 August 1-3 Anacortes Arts Fair, Anacortes
2014 July 25-27 6th Street Fair, Bellevue
2014 July 19-20 Alki Art Fair, Seattle
2014 July 12-13 Wedgewood Art Festival, Seattle
2014 June 7 Open Building, in my studio
2014 March 8-10 Best of Show Award at RAGS Wearable Art Show, Tacoma
2013. Dec. 7-8. Winter Festival at Phinney Neighbor Center
2013 Nov. 17-19. Fauntleroy Fine Arts and Holiday Gifts Show
2013 March 23-24. Spring Best of the Northwest, Seattle, Pier 91.
2012 Nov. 16-18. Fauntleroy Fine Arts and Holiday Gifts Show

Shopping

Madison Park Jewlers, Seattle

Museum of Northwest Art Giftshop, La Conner

Ajándékok Szívből, Budapest, Váci u. 40.

IPAROS-Magyar Kézművesremekek Boltja
Rytířská 25, Praha 1-Staré Město, CZ

Caring Cleaning for Felt

Felt's natural enemy is the moth. The best defense against this terrifying, wool-hungry predator is to use or wear the object in question regularly, but if we put our felt articles into storage and they become 'infected' there are several things we can do:

1. Moth larvae cannot survive freezing. In winter when temperatures are below freezing (or, for example, in your freezer) felt should be aired for at least three days to exterminate the moth larvae.
2. Moth larvae cannot survive boiling. Bring water to a boil in a wide cauldron, turn off the heat, and place the felted article on the surface of the water. It will slowly sink into the hot water, where it should be left, undisturbed, until the water has cooled completely. The article can now be certifuged and dried.
3. Moths don't like strong-smelleing plants such as lavender and tobacco. If we tuck such materials into our felts we should remember to replace them occassionally.

For objects subjected to regular use, soak in warm water and wool detergent (bearing in mind the points under 2. above), and when the water has cooled, squeeze (don't wring!) out the excess water and centrifuge. Dry in such a way that the article will maintain its original form.

Hats should be cleaned by a professional dry-cleaner!

Contact and ordering

My studio is in The Building in West Seattle,

4316 SW Othello ST
Seattle, WA 98136:

I participate in the West Seattle Art Walk every 2nd Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 pm. Everybody is welcome!

See map at: The Building in West Seattle

Phone: +1-206-393-2298
E-mail me

Read my blog: Under construction.

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