MasterClass with Martien van Zuilen

Jewelery Adorned

Techniques for Treasures in Hand-made Felt

Martien will be coming all the way from Perth Australia to teach here in Vancouver, Canada for the first time!

Discover the possibilities of felting on a precious scale!

In this 3 day advanced workshop, work beyond the basics, learn innovative techniques, create unique wearable sculptures, and extend your wet-felting skills using Superfine Merino wool as your base. Bead forms include Scrunch, Fangs, Spikes, and ColourCuts. The elementary concept of hand-felted cords is also given a creative shake-up to instantly create Petal Pendants, Brooches, Necklaces and more. Incorporate multiple resists, tubing and wire - and be surprised by the results you can achieve; the possibilities are endless. The focus of this hands-on class is on ‘quality in creativity’, demonstrations and individual feed-back attend to detail and the aim of finishing works to a high standard.

Previous felting experience is a definite advantage.

Workshop Registration and Policies

Date : Aug 11, 12, 13

Location : Dunbar st and West 31 ave, Vancouver, Canada

Fees: $450 plus material costs payable to Instructor.

Workshop Deposit and Payment Fees:

To reserve your spot, a deposit of $150 is required. The balance of the workshop fee ($300) is due June 1st

Please email ( and request a PAYPAL invoice.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

If cancellation is made before June 15th AND the space can be filled, a refund of 75% of the total amount, less Paypal fees, will be refunded.

No refunds will be offered after June 15th

If a workshop is cancelled for any reason, such as low enrollment, teacher illness, or other major problems, a full refund will be offered.

However, Sara Felts cannot be responsible for non-refundable travel or accommodation costs.

General Satisfaction and Organizers Liability: If you have any questions about the class, in terms of your expected learning outcome, physical ability or interest level, please do contact me via email before registering so we can ensure, as best as possible, that you are registering for a class that you will enjoy and be capable of completing. After registering, the organizers accept no liability in assuring that the class meets your expectations.

Instructor Bio

Martien van Zuilen is a felt-maker and anthropologist, living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has taught felt- making workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia as well as in Europe, and since 2010 she has taught annually throughout the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers Inc., the coordinator of the Australian National Yurt Project and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. She holds a Diploma in Art Textiles, an Honours degree in Anthropology, and in 2013 completed her PhD, also in Anthropology, with a thesis titled: ‘Through the eye of a needle:Ethnographic engagements with textile creative practice and the meaning of making in contemporary Australia’. Martien’s felt artwork and articles appear in a number of publications, including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Yurts Tipis and Benders, FELT, Textile Fibre Forum, Felt/Filt, Felt Matters, Fiber Art Now, andverFilzt Und zugeNäht.

Martien van Zuilen

Felt Maker, Artisan, Anthropologist
Perth, Australia

Martien's thoughts about her art practice...

Throughout the years, my sense of excitement when making felt is undiminished. It is an ‘open’ process; there is nothing between me and the fibres, we connect ‘face-to-face’ and in a ‘hands-on’ fashion in the creation of distinctive objects. What matters is the intentional engagement with making, and the interplay of materials, experience, design, and ideas. Making felt engages my whole being; it truly suits my fold. Sharing the magic of felt through teaching is something that continues to give me great enjoyment. I feel fortunate to be part of a vibrant community of makers; the social networks and spirit of generosity mean the world to me.

Martien van Zuilen