Sunday, 4 October 2009

Fabulous Hats

Kit - Applied Art coordinator
I hear that schools are employing laughter coaches. Well, if I could have bottled and sold the laughter and giggles eminating from the studio this morning I could have made my fortune!

Ewa Kuniczak, felt artist, has driven down from Alloa in Scotland for a special ,by students request, two day workshop making 'Fabulous Hats'. Mrs Shilling eat your heart out!

Ewa, and her husband Sandy, arrived last night in their van packed with wonderful examples of head decoration, bundles of gloriously coloured fleece and all the manufacturing equipment needed.

As I write it's all gone a bit quieter as the students concentrate on drawing up designs and measuring their heads prior to working on patterns. After lunch the soaping and felting begins in earnest.

By the end of the first day the studio is left with each table holding a huge, amorphous, wet wool shape safely tucked under plastic. Will they really be hats by the end of tomorrows session? Watch this space!

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