Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert
Mary Reichert is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Community Felt Rug Making: Design Classes at the DAI
October 24th 6-8:30 (Thurs) Free when you register for any of the day classes
October 25, 26, 27th 10-5 (Fri/Sat/Sun) $25 per day at DAI Lincoln Park building
Felt rug making is an art of storytelling. In this class we will begin Thursday evening by studying the felt rugs of Kyrgyzstan. What is the history of felt in the region? What do the designs mean? Where did they come from? How are the rugs made? With lots of ideas in hand we will then come together Friday morning and begin to craft our own story for the rug we are making for the Duluth Public Library. Once we have the narrative for the rug we will be making templates and pre-felts and continue over the course of three days preparing all the materials and creating our design.
You are welcome to sign up for one or all 3 days. Thursday evening is included when you register for any of the day classes.
Community Felt Rug Making: Design Class
November 15th (Friday) 10-5pm $25 at The Duluth Folk School
This class is a continuation of the first 3 days in October and is when the design and hard work really begins to come together! We will be laying out the base layers, lightly felting them, and then adding our design on top of this base in preparation for the community felt making event the following day.
Community Felt Rug Making
November 16th, 17th (Saturday, Sunday) at The Duluth Folk School
The art of felt rug making has a long history of bringing people together and this event is inspired from the felt rug making traditions of Kyrgyzstan. The rug will begin about 8' by 10' with the design ready to go and together we will add soapy water and start walking on the rug with our bare feet. Over the course of two days, along with the help of live music, we will walk, stomp, sing, kick and roll the wool into a strong felt rug that will be a gift for the Duluth Public Library.
All hands and feet welcome! You can drop by for 10 minutes or stay all day.
No experience necessary.
Images courtesy of North House Folk School