Great Balls ‘o Wool!
Let’s put our hands together. No, not for clapping, but for creating a tiny fleece festival by taking some warming wool fibers and making beads and balls together. Come learn the very basic steps involved in transforming sheep’s wool into supplies for jewelry, holiday decorations, details for your knitted and felted projects — or, simply stand alone little spheres of soft stunning sweetness. We’ll work with natural colored fleece fibers (from Maine and nearby) and other fun dyed colors (made with ingredients from the garden and the kitchen). Plan to get your hands wet and soapy, so bring an old apron and a couple of old hand towels, plus some hand cream for post-workshop hand therapy (it is still winter, after all!). You’ll go home with a small starter’s stash of felted balls and information on how to put them to use and where to find additional fiber supplies. A modest supply of fibers will be provided to work with at no charge.
Class is suitable for ages 9-90.
About your instructor – Lori Schafer
How I came to be WalkingWool(tm)Studio . . . February 2017
Soon after being born in Yonkers NY in 1963, Lori Schafer relocated to farm country in Upstate New York while still in diapers.
Surrounded by a menagerie of farm animals, her love of them continued to grow and eventually found this love running alongside her love of creating art. A few decades later she founded WalkingWoolTMStudio — a name chosen because her love of sheep transcended all other animals, save for dogs. She spends the majority of her time making photographic portraits, spinning and dyeing wool, and creating wearable objects — including beaded jewelry and fiber art — that celebrate the unique qualities of the “raw stuff.”
A longtime artist, Lori Schafer has worked at iconic NYC art museums and galleries. She is a dedicated vegetarian and spent many years creatively absorbed with the fruits of her existence. A multiyear series of large scale vegetable drawings were inspired by her involvement with CSA farms. A juried competition sponsored by The Fitchburg Art Museum culminated in having those works displayed in the museum for three months. She has been selected over three decades to exhibit throughout the Northeast United States.
Lori received her BA Cum Laude in Fine Art and German from St. Lawrence University and studied art history at CUNY Grad School for several years. She has also lived and traveled abroad extensively. She currently resides in Rockland ME with her husband Jeffrey Wolff, an artist and award-winning writer.
My approach with farm animals is up close and personal, just as it was with vegetables. It would not be possible for me to get too near to them, and even take home pieces of their existence (wool fleece) to handle, transform, and celebrate. Even the fiber dyes I work with have a natural origin, whether they grow wild, or are cultivated in my gardens. Taking the portraits is my way of bringing the animals back to the studio with me so that I can constantly savor the joy I get being near them. How can anyone not adore these beautiful and peaceful creatures? Clearly, I cannot!