Nicola Brown | ‘Felt in Focus’, a mind blowing symposium!
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‘Felt in Focus’, a mind blowing symposium!

‘Felt in Focus’, a mind blowing symposium!

Well, it is going to be impossible to relate all the excitement of ‘Felt in Focus’ on the blog but I am going to try!  I have decided to write quite a few posts over the next two weeks documenting the experience from start to fininsh.  Hopefully you will get a flavour of how fantastic the experience was and also learn a some of the amazing tips of the trade that I picked up along the way!!  On Sunday 4th I joined 15 other members of Feltmakers Ireland at Dublin Airport and by 17.30 we were happily checking in at our accomodation on site at Glamsdalens Idraetsefterskole in Denmark.  Every last little detail was taken care of through out the week by the amazing organisers and by 18.00 140 participants were enjoying our first 5 star meal in the large communal dining room.

Our first meal together

Our first meal together

You might be able to see from the image that there is only one man in the room, totally there were 3 men on the organisational side of things and only one male tutor, amazing considering that in many areas of the world felting is really a male occupation.  We enjoyed superb food throughout the week, it would actually be impossible to convey how fantastic it was (including amazing and innovative vegeterian fare) but suffice to say that EVERYBODY said they would rate it as 5 stars and I had three portions of a particular desert one night and I don’t really eat any sweet things after a meal at all!!  At 19.00 we had a welcome address and presentation of the teachers in the main hall and between 20.00 and 21.30 the symposium was officially opened by Jytte Ablidstrom and Birgitte Krag.  Wine and beer were available to purchase from the information stand in the evenings so after a bit of a chat and a glass or two everyone said a quick good night and headed off to bed.  My next post will start to document the fantastic complex bag workshop that I took with Lyda Rump and relate more about the participants and teachers that made the event so special.

Nicola Brown
clasheen@gmail.com
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  • Nic
    Posted at 21:10h, 14 July Reply

    Great to hear from you again. Was wondering how the felt event was going. Looking forward to your gradual reveal of the wonders of the experience!

    PS: found my felt bag at last!

  • Micki Butler
    Posted at 08:06h, 15 July Reply

    This sounds so good…I will be following it. Hope all is well with you Nicola.
    Micki

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 11:54h, 15 July Reply

    Good morning Nicola,

    Can’t wait to hear all about your wonderful felting experience. We’ve missed you.

    Just one clarification on the above post…What in the world does that comment about your not usually eating any sweets after a meal mean? Oh wait, I’ve answered my own question…You’re just like me, and eat your dessert first, and then if there’s any room left over, you have your vegetables! Whew, I was worried there for a second.

    I’ll be looking forward to your posts and pictures.

    Take care,
    Dawn

  • Tracy
    Posted at 13:43h, 15 July Reply

    wow, sounds like you had a great time – can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 21:20h, 15 July Reply

    Laughing so much at Dawn’s comment I can hardly type! Sounds like it was a great event – can’t wait for next instalment.

  • Dorie
    Posted at 18:01h, 16 July Reply

    Much be a great experience to be there with all those international felters. Did you meet Dutchies?

    • Nicola
      Posted at 13:29h, 21 July Reply

      Hi Dorie, Do you mean people from Denmark??? If so I met quite a few and they were all nice!!

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