Jean Hicks

June 2013

3-D Felt Millinery

Course Description
This class will focus on using the ancient art of wool felt making and the art of millinery. We will focus on constructing hoods and yardage from felt and then transforming these simple elements into fantastic headwear! Pattern drafting, finishing, and sizing will be part of the practice.

Then and Now
When I taught at Shakerag in 2005, many in my class were staff members, plus Edwina Bringle (whose sister Cynthia Bringle was teaching that year). We made felt hoods using a beach ball and panty hose. We used wool from an importer. The whisky faery left a pint of bourbon on my bench each day until I had to share my wealth.
In June of 2013, participants in this class will make hats using flat resist and pattern drafting. We will use only wool from PNW farms and local processors. And I hope the whisky faery still lives in Sewanee - and that Edwina will join us.

Supply List for Participants
*towels
*dish soap
*sewing kit
*measuring tape
*wig block
*hat block or styrofoam head
*synthetic voile (1yd)
*spray bottle
Iron

*Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in the Shakerag store.

Skill Level

Students should have basic sewing and assembly skills and the ability to work independently, but no prior experience with felt making is necessary.

Artist's Biography
Jean Hicks is a milliner, felt-maker, and educator. Apart from her millinery line, Erratica, Jean has made hats for Teatro Zinzanni and New City Theater productions. She has also taught hundreds of kids in the northwest how to create headwear through Coyote Central, Powerful Schools, Tacoma Art Museum, and Seattle Public Schools. Jean has worked as an assistant to artists Nick Cave and Joan Livingstone. Jean has received fellowships from the NEA, Warhol Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation, Artist trust, Poncho, and 4culture.

Artist's Statement
I work in felt because I suffer from an obsession with fashion and textiles, and a love of animal skins. Felt is the clay of the fiber world and is the perfect combination of plasticity and raw animal product to make stop-in-your-tracks objects. It also serves as a strong and light armature for other textiles and notions.

Artist's Website

www.jeanhicks.com

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