GROUP CLASSES Below is a list of upcoming workshops open to public enrolment for 2018. More will be added as they are confirmed. Bookings are through the venue listed. Email me if you want me to come to your group. 

PRIVATE TUITION is available if you prefer to have a one-on-one class. You can have a class specifically tailored to you, learn in the privacy of your own home or come to my studio. Contact me to discuss.

TAILOR A CLASS If you have a group of people who want to learn a particular aspect of feltmaking or sculpture,  I can tailor a class to your groups particular needs and travel to your venue to teach your group. 

I have been teaching feltmaking and sculpture since 1994. This has included workshops in High Schools and Primary Schools, private community groups as well as teaching courses at a University level.

WORKSHOPS FOR 2018

National Arts School, Darlinghurst, Sydney
8th – 12th January 2018
FELTED SCULPTURAL FORMS
www.nas.edu.au
https://www.nas.edu.au/short-courses/240/

http://www.tbsss.org.auHand-made felt is a wonderful, malleable medium that can form complex shapes, creating an eloquent and intriguing medium for contemporary sculpture. Learn the fundamental felting techniques, making seamless three-dimensional forms using resist patterns, modelling solid felted shapes, and making felt around wire. Anita Larkin discusses the use of felt as a metaphor in artwork, considering its properties of insulation, its primal natural origins, its history as a protective shelter, its absorption of sound and moisture, and its tactile qualities as points of investigation in a sculpture. She shows examples of felted wool sculptural objects from the 5th century BC through to those of modern artists such as Joseph Beuys and Marion Borgelt. Drawing and collage exercises will also be utilised throughout the course to develop ideas for sculptural forms.

Launceston, Tasmania 
17 - 18 February 2018
NATURES FORMS 
alsmitcran@gmail.com

This class will look at the intricate and beautiful shapes to be found within natural objects and investigate ways of making these types of shapes in felt. A shell, a seedpod, or an image of a microscopic life form, can all be infinitely inspiring when you are make felted sculptural forms. The class begins with learning the skin-felting of wool, modeling, cutting, and sculpting solid felted shapes. The class will then progress onto making hollow felted sculptures of their own design based on the shape of a natural object. We will learn felting around a length of wire, how to create multiple pockets in the felt, and embed things (or more wool) to achieve high relief textures upon the sculpture.

Hobart, Tasmania
24 - 25 February 2018
NATURES FORMS 
https://tassiefelters.wordpress.com/
This class will look at the intricate and beautiful shapes to be found within natural objects and investigate ways of making these types of shapes in felt. A shell, a seedpod, or an image of a microscopic life form, can all be infinitely inspiring when you are make felted sculptural forms. The class begins with learning the skin-felting of wool, modeling, cutting, and sculpting solid felted shapes. The class will then progress onto making hollow felted sculptures of their own design based on the shape of a natural object. We will learn felting around a length of wire, how to create multiple pockets in the felt, and embed things (or more wool) to achieve high relief textures upon the sculpture.


Embroiderers Guild of NSW, Concord West, Sydney
Sat 12th and Sun 13th May 2018
NATURES FORMS - Wet Feltmaking
info@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au 
ph: 02 9743 2501

This 2 day class will look at the beautiful shapes found in natural objects and investigate ways of making these types of shapes using wetfeltmaking. The class begins with learning some essential skills, making a simple seedpod vessel using wool fibres, soapy water and agitation with your hands. Following on from this you will learn Anita's method of skinfelting to create intriguing felted shapes that are cut, stitched and manipulated during the felting process. Learn how to create multiple pockets in your felt forms, and how to embed fabrics, yarns (or more wool) to achieve high relief textures upon the felt surface. This is an inspiring class that will teach you many new skills in feltmaking to create Natures Forms.

Wollongong Art Gallery
IAVA Artists Talk
26th May 2pm.
Michele Elliot and Anita Larkin discuss their respective art practices, and share their experiences of life, artmaking, and contemporary textiles.

Wollongong Art Gallery
Sunday 27th May 2018 (12pm to 4pm) 
VESSELS OF COLOUR

www.wollongongartgallery.com
Wool fibres can come in a huge array of inspiring colours. During the felting process wool fibres intermingle with each other causing an exciting and unexpected blending of colours. This class will make a felted vessel that combines the wool colours together. Make your own colourful patterns designs that are embedded within the felt vessel inspired by the artworks in the exhibition at WAG, Chromophilia. 

National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney
9th – 13th July 2018
CONSTRUCTED SCULPTURES
www.nas.edu.au
Anita Larkin derives narrative in a sculpture by joining disparate collected objects together. Students will learn various simple methods of joining their own found objects together using hand tool skills. The class will also discuss methodology for creating sculptures that are engaging for the viewer, and discuss the development of conceptual artworks from found objects. It will be an opportunity to learn what makes a sculpture constructed from junk much greater than just the sum of its parts. You will never look at found objects in the same way again. Skills learnt will be directly dependant on the student's particular objects they are working with, but will include basic assemblage techniques, screwing and gluing, pinning to create a strong seamless join, riveting and shaping of soft metals, making your own rivets using metal tube, modelling of objects with builders bog, and joining of some objects using polyurethane resin. This is a week of alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture out of discarded objects.

North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday 1st September (10am - 3pm)
Bookings essential: Numbers are strictly limited.
Cost: $110 includes all materials and equipment. BYO lunch
Contact Anita to book: anita@anitalarkin.com
This workshop is being run in conjunction with The Illawarra Feltmakers
INTRODUCTION TO FELTMAKING
You will learn essential skills in the ancient craft of feltmaking. The class begins with making a small flat felt piece that incorporates textural materials like fabric and lace. This will be followed with learning how to use a resist between the layers of wool in order to create a seamless hollow vessel. Anita will share with you how to make a pattern for a resist. You will be amazed at the feltmaking process, and the potential it holds for creative adventures.


Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, Erskineville 
6th and 7th October 
FELT FORMS IN SCULPTURE
www.tbsss.org.au

Felt in contemporary sculpture is a medium that has a strong tactile allure. Known since Neolithic times, felt is humanity’s first textile, and has the ability to form intriguing shapes. In this workshop wool fibres will be felted by hand using agitation and soapy water, coaxing them into sculptural shapes. Learn fundamental techniques making hollow forms using a resist, as well as techniques for the modelling of solid felt shapes. Combine these skills in a sculptural project of your own design. Learn how to calculate for shrinkage and how to plan a 3 dimensional object using a 2d resist. Explore the wonderful realm of sculpture in felt. 

Timeless Textiles Gallery,  Newcastle
20 and 21st October 2018
SKINFELTING
9.30-4.30pm $250 Morning tea and lunch included

www.timelesstextiles.com.au
Learn how to coax wool fibres into shapes without using water, by skin felting. This technique Anita has developed, and allows control over the fibres in making a felted sculpture. Also, learn essential modelling techniques for wet felting shapes by modelling directly in the hand. Experiment with the different shapes that arrive from cutting into, adding into, and anchoring the fibres by stitching during the felting process. Surprising little organic sculptures in felt will be made. Further develop your skills in feltmaking and make those sculptural shapes in felt that you’ve always wanted to.

North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday 3rd November (10am - 3pm)
Bookings essential: Numbers are strictly limited.
Cost: $110 includes all materials and equipment. BYO lunch
Contact Anita to book: anita@anitalarkin.com
This workshop is being run in conjunction with The Illawarra Feltmakers
INTRODUCTION TO FELTMAKING
You will learn essential skills in the ancient craft of feltmaking. The class begins with making a small flat felt piece that incorporates textural materials like fabric and lace. This will be followed with learning how to use a resist between the layers of wool in order to create a seamless hollow vessel. Anita will share with you how to make a pattern for a resist. You will be amazed at the feltmaking process, and the potential it holds for creative adventures.

 

WORKSHOPS PLANNED FOR 2019


GRAMPIANS TEXTURE, Halls Gap, VIC
16 - 21 March 2019

6 DAY MASTER CLASS
FELT AND THE FOUND OBJECT
www.grampianarts.com.au
Using your found objects we will assemble sculptures by screwing and riveting. The workshop will then explore methods of felting around parts of the sculpture and objects. Learn different ways to accommodate the migration of the fibres around a solid object. You may felt around the entire object or part of it, experiencing contrast with the softness of the felt.