This is a story about making felt, it's also a story about creating
What is a throw?
When Paul Edmunds arrived at his first day of his residence at Krafthaus, he didn't know what felt was. He chose a bad time to ask the busy and distracted owner/designer what she was making. "A throw" came the terse reply. To Paul, the word "throw" suggested something light in order that it can be thrown over the body. Felt must be something like seersucker fabric (with its pucks), Paul reasoned.
Those who know felt would realise Paul's mistake. Because felt is almost the opposite of seersucker in being flat, mat and opaque.
Though a "mistake" in understanding, Paul's "seersucker" felt is surely no mistake, being rich in volume and texture...
Paul Edmunds explains how he came to make his felt "mistakes" - this clip is part of a longer film where Edmunds is in conversation with another Social Fabric artist Igshaan Adams.
To encourage free, non-judgmental thinking, when we're not auto-correcting - which is anti-creative - there were prizes for, in this case, "the most ridiculous" thing that can be made with felt.
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Find out more about this felt iteration via our outcomes book. Please click the image to view or download a copy from our website Social Fabric SA.
Social Fabric is a not-for-profit project. Thanks to DOEN Foundation and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, this iteration's tertiary partner.
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Credits and Links
Paul Edmunds artworks
photo credit for Sole: Stevenson Gallery
photo credit for Orbit: Paul Edmunds
photo credit for Shade 2: Paul Edmunds
photo credit for Same but Different: Dave Southwood
photo credit for Lion: Heather Moore
visit Paul Edmunds
all photo credit: Stephanie Bentum
film, Paul Edmunds and Igshaan Adams
film: Yasmin Hankel for Social Fabric
view film of Paul Edmunds in conversation with Igshaan Adams on their respective experiences at their artists-in-residences
view film of Paul Edmunds in conversation with Igshaan Adams about the ideas and work that came out of their artists-in-residences
Workshop concept sheets
for credit, please see the outcomes book,
visit our website to download.