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Summer Workshop Series: Needle-Felted Sea Creature Mobile with Audra Christie

Tuesday, July 21 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

EAC’s Summer Workshop Series continues with Audra Christie’s Needle-Felted Sea Creature Mobile, offered via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21 from 1-3 pm. In this live virtual workshop, participants will learn the method of needle felting with cookie cutters, from the comfort of their own homes. Participants will use metal sea-creature themed cookie cutters as templates to create three-dimensional felted shapes for a hanging mobile. The workshop includes felting needles, a foam working surface, wool fiber and cookie cutters. If you already have supplies, or some of the supplies required to take this workshop, please let us know.

Felting is one of the oldest fiber crafts, it is a process to create an object made with wool fibers. There are two types; needle felting (a dry process) and the other, wet felting. In this workshop you will learn the process of needle felting. Needle felting involves using a sharp barbed needle to sculpt and shape wool roving into three-dimensional shapes like animals, landscapes, food, or even masks or clothing. This workshop offers a great opportunity to learn about needle felting, an easy and stress relieving way to become familiar with the felting process!

This workshop is for ages 12 and up (younger children may participate under the guidance of an adult); the $10 registration fee includes materials (a sliding fee scale is available by request). Materials kits will be available for pick up at Eastport Arts Center on Monday, July 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. All Covid-19 precautions will be followed in the preparation of participants’ materials, and fees may be placed in the coffee can provided at pickup.

PLEASE preregister by Saturday, July 18, by emailing registration name, phone number and address to alison@eastportartscenter.org. Funding for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Audra Christie is a Maine based artist and art educator working with installation, fiber art, printmaking and socially engaged art. Christie received her BFA in Interdisciplinary fine arts with a concentration in the visual arts at the University of Maine at Machias in 2003. She graduated with her MFA in studio art, at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, in May 2015. 

Audra Christie (seated) works with Meg McGarvey at an EAC felting workshop last year. Photo by Brandy Argir.

Christie’s work focuses on a variety of topics ranging from ethics, fiber craft, localism, conviviality, the rural and community. It takes place in formats that are widely varied including public installations, bingo, community dinners and other community based events. The presence of craft in some form is a key element in her work. Interaction with the physical presence of the materials is a personal, yet simultaneously shared experience. 

*If you aren’t local or wish for other reasons to provide your own materials, we hope that you can still join us for this Zoom workshop.  Please email Alison to indicate your interest, and to receive information about signing in to the class.  A registration donation is welcome, but not necessary if you are providing your own materials.

Wool roving! Photo by Brandy Argir.

The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.