Fashioning Felt

Cooper-Hewitt: Fashioning Felt


Fashioning Felt on view Mar 6 through Sept 7, 2009 at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.
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Cooper-Hewitt: Brand Felt of Canada


Industrial felt production at Brand Felt of Canada Toronto, Canada, 2008. Produced by Cooper-Hewitt with the cooperation of Brand Felt of Canada
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Cooper-Hewitt: JA Felt


Making the Palace Yurt felts at the studio of JA Felt Centralia, Washington, 2008. Fllmed by Paul Moore. Courtesy of JA Felt
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Cooper-Hewitt: Felt Makers-Terelj, Mongolia


Filmed by Chrtstine Martens. Made with the support of the Asian Cultural Council Fashioning Felt presents an extraordinary range of felt. From two-dimensional carpets to three-dimensional environments, each work reveals the virtuosity of both the material and the designers. The exhibition and book focus on felt that has been produced by traditional hand- or machine-felting processes; they exclude non-woven felt and techniques, in order to underscore the essential elements of feltmaking — wool fiber, agitation, moisture, and pressure.
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Cooper-Hewitt: Convergence of Craft and Industry - Claudy Jongstra and Kathryn Walter


This program brings together two designers featured in Fashioning Felt who approach incorporating felt into architectural use from different starting places but with beautiful and unexpected endings. Both designers collaborate with architects to create decorative and functional felt interventions. Kathryn Walter works primarily with industrial felt while Claudy Jongstra uses raw wool and natural dyes. See examples of their work and learn about their process, their choice of felt, and where theyd like to take the material next. Moderated by curator, Susan Brown.
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Fashioning Felt


This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material produced by one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings. 
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Claudy Jongstra at the U.N.


Dutch designer Claudy Jongstra recently showcased her tapestries of raw wool and silk here in New York at the United Nations.
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Video: Fashioning Felt on Martha Stewart


Curator Susan Brown and Fashioning Felt designer Janice Arnold appeared on The Martha Stewart Show this week to talk about the exhibition now on view at Cooper-Hewitt.
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Fashioning Felt


Fashioning Felt opens next week. The exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.
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Janice Arnold Sketches


During a visit to Cooper-Hewitt about a year and a half ago, West-coast felt-maker Janice Arnold was intrigued by the form of the museum’s conservatory. Its domed roof and iron mullions resemble the radiating struts of the framework of a yurt—the circular tent dwelling of the nomadic tribes who first created felt.
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