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Fiber Arts Department

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Instructor: Kristy Kún
May 10–12, 2019 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to register for this class:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Minus tide on the California coast reveals an abundance of sculptural organic forms. In this workshop, we will connect with our surroundings and draw on this inspiration for creating lively specimens of dimensional handmade felt; capturing the forms, colors and textures of the underwater life revealed at low tide. These rich textures in wool felt are achieved by constructing layouts of thick of needled wool and wet felting them into a densely felted, sculptural textile.

Students will create sample-sized works, learning techniques for ribs, vertical joints, petals, tendrils and hollow forms. Each student's unique design will emerge from how the materials are shaped, cut and formed. Applications for these techniques in wearable and larger artworks will be a focus of discussion.

The basic steps for creating this type of work are:
• Preparation of materials
• Dry assembly: Needle felting
• Wetting/bonding, wet felting
• Finishing and setting the shape

Additional topics of discussion:
• Complex materials
• Mounting wall hung two dimensional and sculptural artworks
• Using the techniques in wearable works and sculptural objects


KRISTY KÚN forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer during her early twenties. Dedicating thirteen years to building mortise and tenon-constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep. 

Ten years ago Kristy began the transition from wood to wool. She built a business to foster and educate fiber artists and used this as a pathway to gain a rich education of the wool processing and best practices for working with wool. Her studio became a treasured place to foster ideas, share materials and techniques, and host local and international instructors in a variety of industrial and textile arts. “I’ve taken this time to work slowly through my own ideas, learn from others, and develop a sustainable practice of my own in felt making.”

Through calculated, rising tangles of wool and plant fibers, Kristy Kún’s experimental textiles advance the sculptural capabilities of hand-made felt. Her richly textured surfaces, formed through a water and energy intense process of rubbing and kneading wool fibers until they bond, are a contemporary adaptation of ancient methods in felt making. Compositions of disparate materials reveal artistic visions inspired by relationships and evolution in nature, and the fluidity of the materials themselves.

“I am deeply moved by the transformative qualities of wool and plant fibers, which, when plied correctly, parallel environmental transformations; birth, fruition, decay. Formations of water, earth and sky, emerge as if breathing and alive. My hands translate this energy and these textures from nature into new form using altered methods of a timeless craft.”

Drawing on thirteen years of building mortise and tenon-constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, Kún’s respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep. Her engineered layouts of complex joinery in fiber and finely finished surfaces resonate with the craftsmanship of a fine cabinet-maker; while the organic forms that take rise from her hands capture the elegance and fragility in the living world.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Instructor materials fee: $40

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