Thursday 1 March 2018

Wet-Felting as a Textile Technique for Y11 BTEC Level 2 Art and Design Carnival Mask Design

I'm excited to be teaching wet-felting to a new group of students. 

I joined their BTEC Carnival project after they had already experimented with a few other textile techniques; so far they have experimented with, reverse appliqué (mola), stitch and slash and trapping sequins and threads in heat-bonded angelina fibres. 

An inspiration image - Venetian Harlequin Mask 
This was the students' first ever experience of wet felting and wow! they have already made some pieces that can either be used as a base for their mask or even cut up and added to to other fabric bases. 

Here the Y11 student used mohair yarn to lay-out a harlequin grid and then added diamonds cut from pre-felt. 

Inspiration image: Harlequin mask with feathers 

Student work: Experimenting with the possibilities of adding multicoloured felted beads 

I am currently at home on a school snow day but am itching to start making my own mask.

A very simple demonstration piece to show the students that they can cut their hand felted fabric to shape. 

Inspiration image: Venetian mask with raised scroll surface detail

Inspiration image: Couching

I can see the potential of the the textile technique - Couching -to add some more interesting surface texture and pattern. 

Y11 Student work with glittery twinkle fabric trapped in during the wet-felting process. 

Y11Student work.- Their first ever piece of hand-made felt! 
Let's see how the BTEC FirstAward Carnival Mask project progresses....... 

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