SACHIKO KOTAKA | WORKSHOPS
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2 Day | Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March 2023
In this workshop, you will be either fulfilling the potential of your old felt or nuno-felt piece - or creating a new piece from a number of these old felt and/or nuno-felt pieces. Expect to be pushed slightly out of your comfort zones as you explore new processes, concepts and directions with your previously made felt. Intermediate
4 Day | Monday 20 – Thursday 23 March 2023
Sachiko has accumulated her unique ideas/techniques for feltmaking inspired by mainly origami, kirigami and weaving for nearly 3 decades. Her unique techniques may be easily incorporated or embraced in your many felting projects. You will be encouraged to walk along the edge or outside of feltmaking, inspired by new fascinations, to stretch your felting ability.
Note: *The “Orikiri” technique has evolved from “Kirigami” in which fabrics or pre-felts or pre-nuno-felts are folded (o-ri) and then cut (ki-ri) for creating flower or geometric shape. And some parts of these shapes are often projected out from the surface, woven or swirled to create tactile surfaces. Intermediate/advanced
Sachiko was introduced to felt by Polly Stirling in 1994 and worked with Polly for many years. Sachiko loves to be inventive and has been developing unique methods since being involved in developing the “Nuno-felt” with Polly Stirling in 1995. She developed and taught felt techniques like “Calamari-felt” and “Wild-turkey’s-nest-felt”, “Orikiri-felt” and “Weft-felt”. Her current passions are origami and feltmaking. Sachiko has been practicing origami since she immigrated to Australia from Japan in 1978. And she has been exploring the possibility of making felts by using origami (including origami-tessellation) techniques as well as evolving some of their designs to be more suitable for feltmaking for many years now.