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Felt, Paper, Sculpture: Exploring Transformative Chaos Structures

May 29, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Fafnir Adamites  ·  fafniradamites.com

Workshop at a glance

Move beyond the standard definitions of felt and paper to explore these versatile materials as substrates, mediators, and transformers.


  • Traditional wet felting
  • Hand sculpting techniques in wet felting
  • Incorporating other fiber materials in felt
  • Utilizing unconventional materials as infrastructure
  • Paper pulp casting and dipping
  • Working in 3D with a variety of armatures
  • Stitching


  • Wool
  • Paper Pulp
  • Armature materials such as wire or reed
  • Found materials
  • Fabric and thread


  • Technical samples
  • Finished projects

Artist Bio

Fafnir Adamites holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in photography and women’s studies from UMass Amherst. They are currently visiting assistant professor in fibers at Indiana University, Bloomington and taught workshops and intensives at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program and Women’s Studio Workshop. Fafnir serves as a Board Member of the Surface Design Association, is a member of North American Hand Papermakers and the Midwest Fiber Art Educator Network.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will move beyond the standard definitions of felt and paper to explore these materials as substrates, mediators, and transformers. Lacking the rigid structure and predictability of a woven cloth, the “chaotic structures” of wool and paper pulp will guide you in making that embraces unknowns, lack of control and improvisation. The transformative qualities of felt and paper will be explored through exercises and conceptual projects encouraging participants to embed meaning in their materials, and to work in 3D. Traditional wet felting techniques will include hand-sculpting, incorporating other fibers and utilizing uncommon materials as infrastructure. The mimicking possibilities and skin-like qualities of paper will be explored with paper casting and working directly with pulp. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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