Welcome to my Felterskelter blog. You might also wish to visit my website www.felterskelter.co.uk or even my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/felterskelter/ for an archive of my feltmaking projects with schools and community groups. I’ll be posting my latest news, projects and thoughts here, too.
I’m Avigail Ochert, a North London-based artist educator, teacher at Kew Gardens and mother of two. I set up Felterskelter in 2004, having worked as a primary teacher and gallery educator for some years. I first came across feltmaking in a book on textile projects for children and was intrigued. A few years later I took part on a course, Feltmaking for Educators, at the Crafts Council, then decided to road test it on children at a gallery where I was teaching. The response was colourful, wet, soapy, explosive and above all wooly and I became addicted. Over the years I have come to realise how feltmaking can be simple enough for toddlers (I’ve led Parent and Baby workshops) or complex enough for longer-term, involved art or textile projects. I’ve worked extensively with children and adults with learning and behavioural needs and in a range of settings (museums, galleries, Kentish Town City Farm where I volunteer and a multitude of outdoor spaces) and with many community groups.
Above all, I’m passionate about developing people’s creativity and feltmaking is the perfectly versatile medium for this.