“Never ask your way to someone who knows it, because you could not go astray”
The detours of the heart, its secret folds.
With this theme “Byways and drifways”, I went simply playing with wool – an animal fiber – and with flax – a plant fiber.
Everything in my work expresses something both animal and vegetative world so the amalgamation of these two materials seems to me very appropriate because these two mediums wool and linen – carry well their characteristic and specific messages.
For the realization of this work, I started my path simply with a thick black rope in which I amalgamated the animal fibers of wool and linen , a vegetal material , using the technique of felting which is the perfect technique to combine both materials .
Very quickly this rope continued into another rope that then made detours, junctions, took the wrong paths, entangled …
, separations … Borrowed new paths … the colors have changed but also the widths, the thicknesses and even the shapes have changed!
A metamorphosis certainly!
Without a predetermined plan, my journey was more spontaneous, more intuitive, I continued my creative process and my work finally began to look like multiple roots but also like veins, arteries and finally like a heart, multiple metaphors …..
I let myself go … Go drifting
My work leads me almost in spite of myself, I leave my shore and venture into the meanders of a sinuous path, strange and unknown contours of my soul; it’s hard sometimes to recognize and follow.
I do not know where the detours of my heart will lead me, as well I am surprised by its hidden folds.
However, I continue my path: I must admit that I like to lose myself in the byways of this imaginary road, dreamlike but so close to my reality ….
Below is a link to an interview given by the artist Marjolein Dallinga about the process of her work (in french !):
Training center textile, wool felt, fiber and color
Such. : 33 (0) 561 981 222
Siret number: 481 360790000 28
Training organization number: 73 3107496 31
Address: LA COUECH – 31310 MONTBRUN-BOCAGE – France
Join the artist MARJOLEIN DALLINGA from July 15 to July 24 2019 for a summer residence in the south of France, a two-part manual wool felt session.
Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied fine arts. She moved to Montreal, Canada, in 1989 to pursue her artistic career by making art books and jewelry. While raising a family, her creativity led her to make toys and teach art classes. This led her to discover felting, and she is now working in this environment.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, a world-renowned artist, has been interested in Marjolein’s work, and over the past five years she has been experimenting with felt for designing their costumes while creating finished products for their shows.
His workshop of artistic practice manual wool felt will take place in two parts, separated by two days “off” during which the workshop will remain available to students who need it or, for those who wish, activities will be organized .
Sculptural felting workshop of 3 days: “inside out, upside down“, or “upside down“
It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Although sculpture is generally perceived as static, I see it more as a movement, the movement of wool from the fibers to the felt.
And as long as there is movement, there is life.
This three-day workshop will deepen the awareness of the experiences learned from sculpture with felt and other fibers. We will explore different ideas of sculptural forms, with the theme “upside down”, to become more aware of how we want to use this medium and why. We will focus on the basics like color, design and artwork concepts.
Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their knowledge of the creative process, focusing on the path and not the end result. It is an experimental discovery workshop.
At the end of each day, we will discuss creations to increase awareness of color and design choices. An exhibition of all the work will complete the course. You do not create art, it already exists, you must let it come to you, go where art is instead of trying to create it.
Act according to your imagination and your creativity, without attachment to the result.
JULY 18 and 19 :
2 DAYS OFF with workshop availability and organization of activities
PART 2: JULY 20-24 :
5 days workshop
This five-day workshop will deepen the awareness of the experiences learned from sculpture with felt and other fibers. We will explore different ideas of sculptural forms, with themes such as: folding and unfolding, relief construction, addition of shape to another surface. All to become more aware of how and why we want to use this support.
This workshop is inspired by the idea of working to make a portable sculpture, a “sartorial” sculpture. In the first days, we will play with the processes of shortening, thickening, tightening and narrowing of the felted surfaces, in order to realize our original element of sculptural artistic clothing.
We will focus on the basic elements of color, design, and design of a work of art. Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, while deepening their knowledge of the creative process by focusing on the idea of travel. It is an experimental discovery workshop. At the end of each day, we will discuss creations to increase awareness of color and design choices. An exhibition of all the work will complete the course. You do not create art, it already exists, you must let it come to you, go where art is instead of trying to create it, Act according to your enthusiasm, without attachment to the result!
Experience in basic felting techniques is required to follow this workshop.
Maximal 12 students*
To download a registration form directly to this workshop: yes I click on the link below:
“Our soul’s voice reveals our deepest wisdom and our deepest wounds, which is why unleashing our soul’s voice is often our deepest desire and our deepest fear. We ache to be self-expressed, to be authentic, to totally let ‘er rip and yet we are terrified of being that vulnerable, that raw, that real. So we edit, shape or even shut up our unique soul’s voice in order to be accepted, successful, and even loved. But deep down in our bellies, where our power burns the brightest, we know we cannot be of service, we cannot be free, we cannot truly come alive if we aren’t sharing the truth of who we are.” – Sera Beak
The sublime assurance that although everything we love – people, places, possessions – can and likely will eventually be taken from us, the radiant vestiges those loves leave in the soul are permanently ours, and this is the only permanence we’ll ever know.
Patti Smith ,M-train
We want things we cannot have. We seek to reclaim a certain moment, sound, sensation. I want to hear my mother’s voice. I want to see my children as children. Hands small, feet swift. Everything changes. Boy grown, father dead, daughter taller than me, weeping from a bad dream. Please stay forever, I say to the things I know. Don’t go. Don’t grow.
Nothing can be truly replicated. Not a love, not a jewel, not a single line.