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Duke Hospital Exhibit - Sculptural Feltmaking by Cynthia Mollenkopf

Artifelts by Cynthia Mollenkopf
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Monday, February 01, 2021
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All Day
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Sculptural Feltmaking - Artifelts

Felting: The process of compressing fibers into a nonwoven fabric.

Objects and art are created during the felting process or by using flat felted fabric as a medium.

In wet felting, water & soap, rubbing & rolling are used to entangle the fibers & create both a physical & chemical bond resulting in a permanent fabric. In needle felting, barbed needles are used to create a physical entanglement of the fibers.

Common fibers used include: sheep's wool, mohair, angora, alpaca, llama.

For the items in this exhibit, the wool is distributed in layers around a single or multiple resists before and during the process of wet felting. After the fibers have developed some structure, the resists are removed and wet felting continues until a firm fabric has been formed. Finally, the spaces created by the resists allow for the item to be expanded and shaped into 3 dimensional forms using stretching, rubbing, and steam.

Cynthia Mollenkopf
Apex, NC

**At this time Arts and Health exhibits are only available to DUH staff members and patients/visitors who have appointments within the hospital.

Type: EXHIBIT and ONGOING
Contact: William Gregory