In the fall of 2009 I made the move from the lower mainland here to Kelowna, a new beginning in a new town. The excitement started mounting immediately.
Within two months of my relocation I found myself itching for something to busy my hands. After years of working in clay in Vancouver I was still trying to find my bearings here in Kelowna and meeting plenty of artful oriented new friends. It didn’t take me long to become smitten with “the exotic Okanagan Valley” and one afternoon strolling down Lakeshore Avenue I stumbled across the Art of Yarn where I noticed a poster advertising felting classes.
That poster was the new start I had been looking for. Being unfamiliar with felting, my curiosity compelled me to try it out, I signed up. Thanks to Judith Mueller, a multi-talented artist, teacher, knowledge sharer, and now my good friend I was able to learn the secrets of felting.
Judith was a well of information around all things fiber and she shared her skills and process, I was transfixed and soon found myself digging in and seeing how much I could learn. Very few times have I been so sure and satisfied with a process in art but this one one I could not walk away from.
Now seven years later, my passion to felt and explore this ever evolving art form continues. Most recently I had the pleasure of co-creating the 2017 Okanagan Arts Awards with the Art Felt Collaborative of whom I am a founding member. AFC is a 5 woman group that launched four years ago, members include Violet Racz, Alice Pallett, Diane Goossens, Judith Mueller. We all share a felt-centered passion and enjoy spending time in our supportive and engaged art community.
If you have ever wondered what felting is and how it works, I encourage you to reach out and try a class with one of our groups felt teachers this Spring. For happenings, workshops, events with Felt it Forward's community gatherings, shows, or questions ask or simply follow us on
or on our website http://www.artfeltcollaborative.com/.
Happy Spring Felting, Amy Burkard