A Virtual Gallery of Felted Work by Members of Northeast Feltmakers Guild
Curious about new work and new trends in the field of feltmaking, Maine Fiberarts turned to the Northeast Feltmakers Guild, a group founded in 2002 to showcase the work of artists throughout the Northeast region of the United States. Members hail from New York to Maine and include a wide array of artists working today.
A juried exhibit of felt work was scheduled to take place at Maine Fiberarts in November and December of 2020. Feltmaker Kris Sandoy—a member of both organizations—volunteered to coordinate the show and did an excellent job. Even though the worldwide pandemic changed our plans for a gallery show in Topsham, we persevered, and asked NEFG members to send images of the work they would have submitted to the planned November show.
In the following image galleries we are delighted to present the results in this virtual exhibition entitled “Outside the Circle.” Vessels, wall hangings, 3D sculpture, wearables, landscapes, pods, dancers and galaxies have all been coming across the desk of designer Carol Jones, who put this exhibit together for us.
Wet Felting is an ancient form of textile art using loose animal fibers (mainly wool) that are treated with pressure, heat, moisture and agitation until they combine and interlock. The resulting felted material can be formed into various shapes or familiar objects from shoes and hats to yurts and rugs. Felting fibers into separate lightweight woven fabrics is called “Nuno” Felting, while punching a sharp barbed needle into the dry loose fiber to form shapes or appliqué work is known as Needle Felting.
About Maine Fiberarts
All images were supplied by the artists. Work is not formally for sale, but to learn more about a piece or discuss purchasing, please be in touch with Maine Fiberarts’ director Christine Macchi. For twenty years, Maine Fiberarts has exhibited fiber art in our gallery in Topsham in revolving two- to three-month group and solo shows. We strive to exhibit work that is unique, original, and often thought-provoking. View photos of many of our previous exhibits here. We present this show on our Fiber Folio website where you can also view photographs and to fiber sites, galleries and events throughout Maine and beyond.