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Front Cover Image: Pink Matter, felted wool and silk, 2019, Photo credit: Philippe Doucet

MOVE ME/TOUCHEZ MOI MARJOLEIN DALLINGA

Grey Matter, felted wool, 2019, Photo credit: Philippe Doucet
Grey Matter, felted wool, 2019,Photo credit: Philippe Doucet

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY

 1061 Marginal Rd, Halifax,

Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7, Canada

Nov 7, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020

Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied Fine Arts. She moved to Quebec, Canada, in 1989 to pursue her art career through making art books and jewelry..

She discovered the craft of felting after her immigration.

« I came to feel that felting was the medium most suitable for my artistic expression. Coming from a fine arts background I find the tension between the world of art and the world of craft very interesting . For me, felting is not primarily about the techniques and trick of the craft but a medium of artistic expression, with the growing interest in fibre arts, I see this expression as a challenge to continue my moving from the traditional craft of felting to finding innovative ways to create. »

The world-renowned “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL” became interested in Marjolein’s work, and for years she has experimented with felt for their costume design while also creating final products for their shows. Besides costume design she creates large sculptures with wool which have been exposed in museums and galleries worldwide. Marjolein has her own company, Bloomfelt.com, and works from her studio with sewing and dyeing rooms. She has taught felting workshops for fifteen years worldwide.

www.bloomfelt.com

Majolein Dallinga felting Photo credit: Agnes Morganti
Majolein Dallinga felting Photo credit: Agnes Morganti

Published ©2019 by the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.Artist statement :

« The life of this world is wind

Windblown we come, and windblown we go away.

All that we look on is windfall.

All we remember is wind. »

C. Wright

For more than twenty years, wool has been my medium and companion. If the medium is the message, as Marshall McLuhan stated, then what is the revelation of this material?

Felting is not something I do but a place I want to go, a language of the imagination, a challenging craft to consume my anxious energy.

Are we artists not all driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide?

This collection of works, « Move me/Touchez-moi », is a way to shatter me, to break my comfort zone, the protection which prevents the asking of questions. Sculptures give a greater sense of reality. That may seem a ridiculous word to use, but they have a greater substance, You can grab a sculpture. You can’t grab a painting. Viewers always want to touch the work.

The aliveness of this medium makes it feel close to our skin. I don’t really know why I make something, but I do know I want to make it. In art, I am free: everything is possible.

Grey Matter, felted wool, 2019, Photo credit: Marjolein Dallinga
Grey Matter, felted wool, 2019, Photo credit: Marjolein Dallinga

Here I can be open, thin skinned, easily yielding, very close to delight.

And the message? What is the message of all these soft sculptural pieces, these creations which look like mysterious hides or creatures from the sea or maybe enchanted forests?

Some remind us of body parts, strange organisms that look like animals but at the same time like plants or mushrooms or maybe corals.

Most of the felted pieces are expressions of the struggle with the body – they are about death and sex and the erotic life.

Sometimes they literally express sensations or emotions.

I only see how the pieces relate to each other afterwards. The work unfolds: each piece has a kind of connection to each other. Inspiration comes to me, through the cracks. I have to be open and take the risk. Does this art, do these felted pieces, become a way to live, a way to survive? The closeness of felt, almost a second skin, a friendship without a friend.

Mature Tongue, Marjolein Dallinga, felted wool, 2016 Photo credit: Philippe Doucet
Mature Tongue, Marjolein Dallinga, felted wool, 2016 Photo credit: Philippe Doucet & Front Cover Image: Pink Matter, felted wool and silk, 2019, Photo credit: Philippe Doucet

 

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Twist Fiber Festival in Quebec, Canada

Bloomfelt will be represented by Marjolein Dallinga at the Twist Fiber Festival in Saint-André Avelin from August 15th to 19th, 2018

TWIST is the largest textile fiber festival in Canada. It brings together the most important players in the industry. The 7th edition will be held from August 15 to 19, 2018 in Saint-André-Avellin.

TWIST is an annual rendezvous, a foray into the world of textile fiber, for the general public, amateurs, fiber producers, fiber breeders, processors, artists, artisans , the professionals and the curious.

TWIST is 5 days (5 days of workshops, 3 days of festivities open to the general public), about 50 workshops, more than 140 exhibitors, a gourmet fair, free activities for children, textile demonstrations and Moreover.

 

Complete workshop. No more places available

TWIST, Fiber Festival, the workshop given by Marjolein posted complete and was a success!
TWIST, Fiber Festival, the workshop given by Marjolein posted complete and was a success!

 

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Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga

Here is reproduced in its integrality, the chronicle announced a few days ago on the visit of the show La Fabrique culturelle .tv” by Tele-Quebec on the premises of Studio 42, the magical place where Marjolein Dallinga draws inspiration from the rejuvenating nature of the Laurentian region in Quebec.

Nature that she appreciates above all else, it is also the place where she will henceforth give workshops devoted to her Art in a paradisiac framework favoring the creation and the expression of the natural talents just waiting to emerge in a place as beautiful!

And now, let’s see the report! :

Bloomfelt, Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga La Fabrique culturelle .tv" by Tele-Quebec to see the article and the video on the original site, click on the picture!
Bloomfelt, Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga La Fabrique culturelle .tv” by Tele-Quebec to see the article and the video on the original site, click on the picture!

Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga

Having had the chance to experiment and refine her technique with Cirque du Soleil and rub shoulders with the great François Barbeau, Marjolein Dallinga brings the ancient technique of felting away from busy trails. His pieces are large, long, colorful, organic, spectacular. Sometimes they go, or else blend in nature. Walk and meet at the Bloomfelt workshops in Gore, in the Laurentians.

Marjolein’s practice is so singular that many organizations all over the world are asking this woman every year to come and teach felting at home. She also devotes several months a year to teaching, a journey that often allows her to revisit her native country, the Netherlands.

https://www.bloomfelt.com/

Credits

Director, camera and editing: Yves Whissell

Coordination: Nadine Deschamps and François DesRochers

Model: Michelle Bastien

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Bloomfelt is in textile art book “Dimensional Cloth” – International

Beautiful new textile art book is out!

They have given me some wonderful pages, Here is the information :

Bloomfelt in : Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists (Anglais) Relié – 17 juin 2018 de Andra F. Stanton (Auteur), Josephine Stealey (Préface)
Bloomfelt in : Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists (Anglais) Relié – 17 juin 2018 de Andra F. Stanton (Auteur), Josephine Stealey (Préface)

Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists
Andra F. Stanton , Foreword by Josephine Stealey
Available June 2018
$50.00

Sculpture is no longer limited to materials like stone or metal. Sculpting in fabric is shown in ingenious detail here, with more than 350 lavish photographs of 3-D cloth configurations along with insightful profiles of the 78 artists who created them. The images and text capture the currents that are powering these works, like the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement established in the 1990s and the current revival of the revolutionary sculptural cloth of the 1960s. Works are approached through five themes: investigating nature, capturing the ephemeral, playing with space, telling a story, and “Take Heed.” In her foreword, renowned fiber art expert Josephine Stealey helps us put this art form in context, from its origins in 1880 England’s arts and craft movement to today. This is essential reading and inspiration for collectors, students, home artists, and anyone who appreciates innovative artwork.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 358 color images | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355363 | Binding: hard cover

Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art - New Zealand

Eugène Ionesco’s “Les chaises” at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal, Canada

  1. Bloomfelt in the world of the show, the circus, the theater, choreography and music

Marjolein Dallinga also creates unique costumes and original works for performing arts companies in the world of entertainment, theater, circus …

Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

This is most recently the case for Eugène Ionesco‘s “Les chaises” at The Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) from May 8 to June 2, 2018.:

Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

A classic absurd theater that dates back to 1952, is taken up by two monuments of the Quebec scene on the stage of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: Gilles Renaud, 73, will play the Old Man. And Monique Miller, 84, will play the Old Woman. The challenge of this text is up to the talent of the two performers, directed by the director Frédéric Dubois. “

According to an article by Katia Gagnon, La Presse, Posted on May 07, 2018 at 14h56 | Updated on May 07, 2018 at 14:56

Les chaises: un classique, deux monuments

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal, Quebec from Wikipedia

Bloomfelt, Logo of the TNM where Ionesco's "les chaises" was performed
Bloomfelt, Logo of the TNM where Ionesco’s “les chaises” was performed

According to Wikipedia,The Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) is a theatre company and venue located on rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1951, it launched with the classic play L’Avare by Molière.

Initially located at the Gesù (1951–1958), it subsequently moved to the Orpheum, then after 1966 it transferred to the salle Port-Royal at Place des Arts and remained there until 1972.

In 1972, the TNM bought the building where the Gayety Theatre and later the Théâtre de la Comédie-Canadienne once performed. The building was renovated in 1997 by Montreal architect Dan Hanganu”

The World of WearableArt™ (WOW) in New Zealand and Australia

Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art - New Zealand
Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art – New Zealand

 

Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works
Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works

The World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Awards Show is New Zealand’s largest sell-out performance show. In a two-hour spectacular of breath-taking choreography, theatre and music, art is taken off the wall and onto the human form as WearableArt. The high energy show needs no narration, no explanation and has no language barriers.

Guest judge Mark D’Arcy, a New York-based creative arts and media expert, said the WOW Awards Show

“makes Lady Gaga look like a librarian and has more originality and creativity per minute than any other show i’ve ever seen.”

Le Cirque du Soleil

Bloomfelt, Logo of Cirque du Soleil for whom Marjolein created several unique original works
Bloomfelt, Logo of Cirque du Soleil for whom Marjolein created several unique original works
Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

World famous Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company specializing in contemporary circus.
Its head office is in Montreal, Quebec; The company is distinguished by a different artistic vision of traditional circus, including the absence of animals, a great importance given to acting, and based primarily on acrobatics exhibitions.

Cirque du Soleil has earned a solid international reputation for the excellence of its breathtaking shows and the originality of its sets, lighting and costumes.

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FOCUS ON AN ARTIST : MARJOLEIN DALLINGA – International

FOCUS ON AN ARTIST

An article published  in FeltMatters Magazine
may-6-2018

FEEL,
FELT
FELTED

MARJOLEIN
DALLINGA

THE NATURAL WORLD INSPIRES ME THROUGH ITS SOUNDS , TEXTURES AND FORMS WHICH I CAN FEEL AND TOUCH.
MY WORK IS ALSO INSPIRED BY FEELINGS, THOUGHTS, AND DREAMS AND THEREFORE , WOOL IS VERY MUCH A MAJOR PART OF MY LIFE.
FELTING IS NOT JUST SOMETHING I DO, BUT SOMETHING I LIVE.

My home is in Quebec and every day I walk in the deep Laurentian forest with its lakes and streams. Taking those daily strolls makes me very aware of the constant changes and natural life cycles. When I travel to teach felting workshops, one of my greatest joys is to discover new landscapes with their vegetation, animals, and minerals. These adventures give me great energy and lots of new ideas. I often dream of something deep and colourful which moves and is very mysterious. There are many corners, strange places, and holes, and I feel them on and under my skin.

True creativity does not spring from momentary inspiration. It derives from much experimentation and many mistakes, and doing things over and over again. It comes from dreaming, from the workings of the subconscious from which, occasionally, something materialises. For several years,I have tried to shape, sculpt, fold and cut this warm and woolly material. During the process of felting, it metamorphoses from an array of loose colourful fibres into a strongsturdy textile. Only by dealing with difficulty does creativity come forth. It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Although sculpture is usually perceived as static, I see it more as movement – the movement of wool fibres into felt – and as long as there is movement, there is life.
I love poetry: this poem comes from the Irish poet :

John O’Donohue.

I would like to end my
article with his words.

I am the wind on the sea;
I am the ocean wave;
I am the sound of the billows;
I am the seven-horned stag;
I am the hawk on the cliff;
I am the dewdrop in sunlight;
I am the fairest of flowers;
I am the raging boar;
I am the salmon in the deep pool;
I am the lake on the plain;
I am the meaning of the poem;
I am the point of the spear;
I am the god that makes fire in the head;
Who levels the mountain?
Who speaks the age of the moon?
Who has been where the sun sleeps?
Who, if not I?

CONTACT DETAILS
W: www.bloomfelt.com
I: bl00mfelt
F: bloomfelt
P: Marjolein Dallinga
PHOTO CREDIT
Marjolein Dallinga
& Philippe Doucet

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Bloomfelt is at “Voyage au bout du feutre”, in France

Bloomfelt is represented in France at the
« Atelier Musée du feutre et de la chapellerie » in Chazelles-sur-Lyon

From Mongolia to Europe, from handcrafted pieces to designer textile creations, the Chazelles-sur-Lyon Hat Workshop-Museum invites you to discover the felt. Through antique pieces and contemporary creations, the exhibition “Voyages au pays du feutre” highlights the work of felt craftsmen, stylists and artists. To discover from May 13, 2017.

Beginning almost 7000 years ago, felting techniques have been handed down to the present day and are now revisited by designers. At the Workshop-Museum of the hat, 23 felts present their creations, a hundred pieces: draperies, installations, everyday objects (shades, chairs, …), animals (fish, dog, mouse, …), clothes (dresses, neckties, …) and sculptures …

View the information here