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Fiber Arts Department

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Instructor: Kristy Kún
May 8–10, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Felting is a water and energy intense process of tangling wool fibers into a dense textile. There is much to explore with the medium with the addition of plant-based fabrics and creative approaches to construction methods. In earlier workshops, we have used construction methods where design and layout are paramount to the texture in the finished work. With the Amplified series, I have developed a method of constructing layouts that, when felted, seamlessly shape and transform into a third dimension… Where the textile is sculpted in the final stages, rather than in the construction and layout stage.

Join me for the first workshop exploring these new techniques. We will spend time observing the movement of the textiles in water, as they float and undulate within our hands, and capture the movement in our finished sculptures. The techniques include needle-felting dense wool into lightweight fabrics, working with jigs for spacing, wet felting, refined surface finishing, sculpting, and mounting. We will also explore the creation of a solid backed artwork (from the Texture Techniques with Needled Wool workshops) using these new organic layout techniques, and discuss further applications to many surface-design challenges in felting.


KRISTY KÚN brings an innovative approach to the field of handmade felt with her unparalleled construction methods, material combinations, and craftsmanship. As a young craftsman, she forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer on the majestic coast of Northern California. Dedicating 13 years to building mortise and tenon constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep.

Kún is represented by the Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl district, Portland, OR, and participates in several annual juried fine craft festivals around the country. She believes strongly in collaboration and community building through Craft and has served three years on the board of Frogwood, a non-profit organization dedicated to arts training, education, and collaborative interaction. Through her business, Opulent Fibers, she has hosted local and international instructors, each experts in their practicing form of textile art, and has presented at free community events, demonstrating techniques and sharing her passion for wool. In 2019, Kristy taught her innovative techniques at venues in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, and Slovenia.

Awards: Excellence in Fiber Art award at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2018. Best in Show at Art in the Pearl, Portland, 2019

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $65 (includes all materials used in class, as well as clear acrylic box-style frames for mounting finished sculptures. Additional materials will be available for students to purchase after class.)

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