Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Feature of the week: Felt Artist Ellen Bleiwas


Passage No. 160501-1
Ellen Bleiwas

Project type: Installation
Date: Jan- May 2016
Affiliated institution: Art Gallery of York University
Material Use: S.A.E F-1 Felt off Cuts, 3/8" - 1/2" thick 
F-1 Industrial Felt














In collaboration with The Felt Store, York University student and independent designer Ellen Bleiwas came up with a concept that was developed for a local curatorial intensive exhibition with an underlying theme of "After great pain, a formal feeling comes" at the Gales Gallery at York University.




In her own words Ellen explains how this installation depicts the underlying theme of this art exhibition . 

"Passage No. 160501-1  is an immersive installation that takes interest in the relationship between the passage of one's body through the space and psychological change of state. Long strips of industrial felt are stacked vertically and hung on an aluminum frame, creating thick felt walls that carve out a rectiiliner spiral- like form. The interior passageway is a narrow enclosure, tightly enveloping a viewer as (s)he enters. This enclosure induces sensory deprivation- sound is increasingly muffled as one moves further towards the center, and the view towards the outside world is cut off. This experience seeks to precipitate a gradual disconnection from one's immediate context, and a gradual heightened awareness of self in a space of solitude."


 
Her installation is up until May 13! If you are near York University do pay Ellen a visit! Or visit her website www.ellenbleiwas.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Feature: KIP Felt Chair Project


KIP Project 
Hilary Leehan, Joanna Lok, Connor Mcleod, & Ervin Yalung


Project type: Chair Design
Date: Jan- May 2016
Affiliated institution: Humber College North
Material Use: SAE F7 Felt, 1/4 inch thick 
F-7 Industrial Felt 
In collaboration with Greenwood College School, Humber College student of industrial design worked in teams to design a chair or furniture system to fit into the newly renovated area. Through interviews with the current students and a walk through of the existing facility, each team utilizes anthropocentric data to conceptualize and build a chair. KIP is a lounge chair with the focus on providing privacy without isolation. It exists in learning common areas, spaces with abundance of natural lighting and applicable for communal use. The use of natural materials to create a slight barrier from disruptions, along with a large cushion provides comfort, privacy, and support for the user. 
  

Why did you decide to use felt as a material? 
Felt provided rigidity but flexibility to the chair. It's ability to be manipulated and form to the user sitting in it and provide a slight barrier from external disruptions was key feature of Kip. 

What was your thought process while actually working with the material?
The thought process while working with the felt for the upholstery of Kip was to make a flat pattern out of paper, cut out the felt, and then sew it by hand to create the pockets on the back. We hand punched through two layers of felt sewed it togther

 

What were your objectives and goals for this project?
The objective of the project is to create chair for Greenwood College School students that would fit into the expanded area. Kip was designed to be a lounge chair that provides space for individuals without isolating them. The natural materials chosen reflect the school's theme of the outdoors. 

What was your inspiration for the project?

Explain your felt experience in three words.
Challenging, robust, encompassing 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Feature: Felt Typography Poster


Is this Felt?...Now it is!
By: Sarah Paul & Franziska Brand

Project type: Poster Design
Date: November 2014
Affiliated Institutions: The Felt Store, Swash & Serif, Black Cat Gallery 
Material's Used: 3mm Solid Designer Felt- Bright Red, Apple Green, Orange, Yellow, & Sky Blue
Service Used: CNC Cutting



Is this Felt...Now it is! Is designed by very own Sarah Paul & Franziska Brand from The Felt Store. The concept was developed for a local typography exhibit called Swash & Serif, hosted by Black Cat Gallery in Downtown Toronto. The individual coloured felt sheets were glued together using a spray adhesive and then custom cut with our CNC cutting capabilities.



The design rational was to combine a quirky play on words and Sarah and Fran's favourite textile, wool felt, this poster was a representation of their design and work life. They live and work primarily in a digital world, yet representing a textile that must be touched and felt. Yet, most of their time is spent publishing in pixels tying to convey the look and feel of this very tangible product.  The poster allowed them to go back to the basics by using pen and paper for the typography, translating it into a digital format and finally translating it back to a tangible end result that can be felt.