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3D Felting Workshop

  • September 22, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Jordan River Arts Center

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  • Workshop for 1 JRAC member for the 3D felting workshop.
  • Workshop for 1 individual for the 3D felting workshop.

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Imagine sculpting an animal figure from wool, displaying it in your home, perhaps as an ornament on your Christmas tree; or, better yet, seeing the delight in a child's eyes when it is presented as a gift!  Professional felter, Mary Crump, is offering to teach the skills involved in 3D felting on Saturday, September 22, from 10 - 3, downstairs in the Jordan River Arts Council's historic Carnegie building, in East Jordan, Michigan. The workshop, sponsored by JRAC, is open to those 13 and up; however those 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the class. Workshop space is limited. Cost to JRAC members is $15; non-members, $35.  All you need to bring is a lunch and a photograph of the animal you'd most like to sculpt.  All other materials will be provided.  Mary's felting workshop is being offered in conjunction with a blacksmithing workshop taught by her husband, William Crump.


It wasn't until her late thirties that Mary discovered the fiber arts. Her love of animals led her to raise angora rabbits and sheep on the small farm in the Jordan valley where she and fellow artist William Crump moved after their marriage. Mary fell in love with the process of caring for her animals, harvesting their wool, and learning how to spin yarn, knit, weave, and felt  . . . creating art in the process.  Her interest in art was stimulated by family trips to see many important historical artworks while growing up in Europe. She learned to draw and paint by watching her older sister who is also an artist.

 Mary's specialty is needle felted animals. Her goal as an artist "is to use wool sculpture in an expressionist style to capture the essence of an animal. My many hours of watching and studying animals helps me do that. As an artist I enjoy the connection to the animal producing the wool as well as the animal being created." Mary is very prolific and sells her creations across the United States as well as internationally.

          

Artist Statement

 

My goal as an artist is to use wool sculpture in a expressionist style to capture the essence of an animal. I enjoy the connection to the animal producing the wool as well as the animal being created.

 

 


Artist Biography

Mary grew up in a military family and lived in Germany and Texas. She moved to Northern Michigan in her early twenties.     

From a young age Mary was interested in creating art. Her parents took her and her 5 siblings to see many important historical artworks while growing up in Europe. She learned to draw and paint by watching her older sister who is also an artist.

Mary met and married fellow artist William Crump. They moved to a small farm in the Jordan valley. The farm was a dream of Mary's after growing up in big family that traveled so much.

It wasn't until her late thirties that she discovered the fiber arts. Her love of animals led her to getting angora rabbits and sheep. She learned how to spin yarn, knit, weave, and felt with the wool they produced. Mary fell in love with the process of caring for her animals, harvesting their wool, and creating art. She also enjoys that her work changes with the seasons.

Mary's specialty is needle felted animals. Mary's many hours of watching and studying animals helps her to capture the essence of a given animal in a three dimensional wool sculpture. What started as a hobby has become a full time profession. Mary is very prolific and sells her creations across the United States as well as internationally.

 

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