What is a feltmakers convergence?

A Convergence is a gathering of felt makers, and the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas is the underlying theme. The Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence has been happening bi-annually since 1990. Each convergence is a little different, reflecting the fact that a feltmaking group in a different location hosts it entirely voluntarily. A convergence is an amazing event and some feltmakers have been attending them over many years ensuring lifelong friendships. The convergence program differs from year to year as it is traditionally largely made up of feltmakers who volunteer their time to share their knowledge, ideas and experience of feltmaking. A convergence attendee can expect many inspiring tutorials, workshops, opportunities to display your work, a fashion parade, installations, community group projects, lectures, professional development, informal demonstrations, a place to felt to your hearts content, traders trading their supplies, many networking opportunities, and much laughter and camaraderie with other feltmakers. It is a whole week immersed in the wonderful stuff of felt. Eat, sleep, and drink felt if you are that keen! It covers every aspect of felt making and is suitable for all levels of experience, wherever you are at with your own feltmaking journey. The 12th Convergence will be held in The Illawarra Region of NSW Australia, 1st-6th September 2013. It will be hosted by The Illawarra Feltmakers inc. Come along, learn, share, felt and have fun.

Applications for enrollment are expected to go out October 2012. If you would like to be on the email list please let us know. 12thfeltconvergencesh@westnet.com.au

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Guest tutors

Each  convergence attendee will have time with the three guest tutors

The Illawarra feltmakers are pleased to announce three guest feltmakers for the 12th Convergence. They are Japanese feltmaker, Leiko Uchiyama, Martien van Zuilen from Perth, and Anna Gunnarsdottir from Iceland

Anna Gunnarsdottir
Anna Gunnarsdottir is a Textile Artist living in Iceland. Anna studied arts in Akureyri, Iceland and took various courses in three-dimensional textile work in Denmark, Norway, UK and USA. She works mainly with wool, silk, leather and fish-skin. Her inspiration comes from the unique Icelandic nature, which is ghostly beautiful and pure. She has learnt many things about traditional Icelandic art from her grandmother and her mother. Being bought up in a coastal atmosphere, many of her sculptures have themes of the animal world of sea shore. Anna has taught felt making in UK, USA, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Greenland.

She is the member of the Artists Association of Iceland as well as the Textile Association of Iceland.

Anna has taken part in many single as well as collective exhibitions around the world. She has captured a lot of appreciation and prizes for her work. The latest being Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011 in Korea where she got a prize for her felted and embroidered lamp. It is now being exhibited in “Sculpture Inside” in Cottesloe Australia. Anna has her own studio and gallery ”Svartfugl and Hvitspoi” in the town centre of Akureyri.

Anna was elected City Artist of Akureyri in the year 2008.

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