Ashley Helvey is a textiles artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across the country and in Germany. She earned her Arts degree at California State University, San Francisco. Most recently she has contributed to the Cooper Hewitt International Design Museum's exhibit Fashioning Felt as well as working with the cooperative Le Famn Veret in Verettes, Haiti to develop a line of felted objects to provide jobs for local women. Helvey has actively taught workshops through institutions, museums, and galleries since 2006 and continues to collaborate with artists and designers on felted installations and performance pieces.
Come learn about the basic techniques used to transform raw sheep's wool into felt in a demonstration of the centuries-old technique of wet felting. The organic nature of the wool fiber and the non-woven, ancient process of felt making provides a new medium to explore the possibilities of the raw fiber, as well as an animal-friendly and sustainable approach to design.
Throughout the day on Sunday, Ashley will be working in The Field House on one of her current projects. Everyone who comes in the shop will have the privilege of seeing a bit of how the process of wet-felting works. For those of us who are extra curious, we will have a sort of Q & A at 3pm, where we can hear in more detail how Ashley creates her art in felting. JOIN US!!