About me

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.


One Response to About me

  1. Like your site. I always think it is amazing how when people get the chance to be creative they find whole new sides to themselves.
    I found your site when looking for education bloggers to help a charity promote a forthcoming report on a literacy crisis.
    If that is of any interest at all, please drop me an email on kateonthinice@gmail.com and I can let you know more.

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