Elise Campbell is a fibre artist living in Nova Scotia getting lost in ocean spray and tiny fungi. She works with wool and other natural fibres to create soft sculptures and wearable art. Elise is continually learning and growing in the world of felting; she enjoys sharing her creations and process. In 2019 she won Distinguished Artist for her piece, Nothing to Give, in Art Ascent Magazine. In 2018 she won Best Emerging Artist for her hat, Flotsam, and People's Choice Award for her Old Growth hat in a juried hat show on the West Coast.
Workshops and Activities
My passion for felting stems from a love of wool. Sheep’s wool (and other natural fibres) is an incredible, renewable, diverse, biodegradable, beautiful thing! Working with fibre, and wool in particular, goes back in our DNA to the start of humanity. Handmade felt (what I will be teaching) is the first known fabric: it is made by agitating unspun fibre (wool not yarn). That is the basics. The classes I am offering will take students from the processed fibres to a finished fabric in a matter of hours. Students will learn about the properties of wool and I will offer discussion points regarding fabric choice in our daily lives as we keep our hands busy and our minds open. My interest when creating fabric and sculpture stems from nature in both movement, connections and form. I grew up thinking that I was not artistic... it just took me decades to find my medium. I want to offer students the opportunity to work in a creative form, often unknown and, if known, not seen traditionally as art, which is OK. My goal with these workshops is to introduce students to felting as a form of expression and creativity. There is no right or wrong way: as long as we have three elements - wool, soapy water and friction - we are felting! I will provide all the wool while students are asked to bring basic materials from home (towels/bubble wrap - see class details for specifics).
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
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