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Wood & Wool Collab: Material Exploration, Texture + Play!


Join Graeme Priddle and Lisa Klakulak in creating collaborative works over the course of the week using wood and wool.

Course Description

Wood and Wool, both of these fibers (cellulose and protein) have a linear microscopic structure (grain and filament) that informs the processes of textural manipulation. Both materials are supple, yet surface relief will be developed differently for each. Carve and burn pre-fabricated and found wood objects, while raising and compressing hand made wool felt surfaces with shrinkage and stitching. Color wood with milk and acrylic paints, pens and pencils, and use pre-dyed wool to felt through a variety of other pre-made fabrics varying in color, structure and surface design, plus integrate yarns and free-motion embroidery. Collab with materials and with other participants by encasing textured wood in a felt skin, inlaying textured felt in a wood surface, binding edges or…  

All levels of experience are welcome!






Artist Biographies

Lisa Klakulak is an artist, writer and educator living in Asheville NC who communicates with a fiber-based language under the guise of STRONGFELT. Processes of material accretion and densification are her dialect while spacing, layering and agitating provide her cadence. Klakulak creates variances in tension, compaction and contortion inspired by analogies between the structures and forces of geology and sociology. Her works have ranged in format from carrying vessels, wearables and fine jewelry to wall work, figurative pieces and sculpture over the past 30 years. Klakulak’s work has been recognized through American Craft Council and James Renwick Alliance Awards and publications, such as Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle Spindle Dyepot, Fiber Art Now, American Craft and several international Felt Journals. Klakulak’s technical approaches to teaching wet felting has placed her workshops and online coursework in demand worldwide.

Graeme Priddle has over 30 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, U.S.A and Canada. He is very active in the wood turning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavors. He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ‘CollaboratioNZ’ Conferences in 1998. Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous schools, woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world.

Graeme was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1960. He moved to Northland in 1986 while working for Telecom as a radio technician. He took voluntary severance in 1989 after twelve years service and started woodturning in 1990. In May 2014 Graeme moved to Asheville, North Carolina to establish Half-Feral Studio with his partner and fellow wood sculptor Melissa Engler. 

Learn more about Lisa Klakulak and Graeme Priddle by visiting their websites and and checking out their Instagrams @feltstrong and @graemepriddle.





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