Keen crafters are invited to take part in one of four free felting workshops this spring, with inspiration coming from the local landscape.
The North Pennines AONB Partnership will be holding the Wool Rocks! workshops at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale during April and May, led by local textile artist Sara Cox. Part of the Partnership’s brand new Earthworks geo-heritage project, the workshops will take their inspiration from The Map that Changed the World, William Smith’s extraordinary geological map from 1815, which is currently on display at Bowlees.
Smith’s detailed and beautiful map used familiar symbols to mark out features such as rivers and roads, as well as mines and other industrial sites. He then applied layers of different colours, by hand, to indicate the various rock types. Today, Smith’s techniques and map colours are still used by geologists all over the world.
Exploring the hidden landscape which Smith revealed with his mapping system, each workshop will be a fun hands-on exploration of colour and texture. Participants will create their own felted textile piece using wet felting and nunofelting techniques. The workshops are suitable for adults of all abilities, as well as those with some experience of felting. Places must be booked in advance, and each workshop will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
- Wednesday 18 April
- Saturday 21 April
- Wednesday 2 May
- Saturday 19 May
Book via the North Pennines AONB Partnership website at http://www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/
Earthworks has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will enable the North Pennines AONB Partnership to expand its work in support of the North Pennines’ UNESCO Global Geopark designation, one of only four UNESCO designations in the North East and Cumbria (along with Durham Cathedral, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District World Heritage Sites). The project will see the creation of new IT-based interpretation of geology and landscape, new walking trails, temporary visual artworks, work in schools and new community projects.
Chris Woodley-Stewart, North Pennines AONB Partnership Director, said: “These workshops are a unique and creative way to look at the geological story of our fascinating area, and the resulting textile pieces will have been inspired by an important piece of global scientific heritage. We’re delighted to have Smith’s map as the focus of our exhibition at Bowlees, and we are looking forward to seeing the creative works that come out of the workshops.”
The exhibition is free and runs until Sunday 10 June 2018. Contact Bowlees Visitor Centre on 01833 622145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.