Four artists, Joan Jarvis Ellison, Sharon Marquardt, Karen Aakre and Katy J Olson have created 24 artistic pieces using wool, for techniques and patterns historical, ethnic as well as contemporary in design. The exhibit, which runs from January 10th through February 28th, 2013 showcases weaving, spinning, felting, sculpting, dyeing as well as a historic technique called shinnfeller (also known as skinnfeller in Norway.)
Shinnfeller involves beautifully tanned sheepskins with long curly locks of wool on one side and elegant patterns printed on the skin side. Designs printed were derived from five design groups – sun, water, plants, animals and the heart – and pressed into the surface of the skin with inked printing blocks carved from birch.
This exhibit included a demonstration from the artists at the opening reception and possible workshops to learn simple dry felting on Saturday, January 26th from 10-noon. A Shinnfeller workshop has been scheduled for the last Saturday of February. The workshops would require a registration fee. If interested in a workshop opportunity let the museum know at 320-589-1719, on their website contact page at www.stevenshistorymuseum.com or the museum’s Stevens County History Museum Facebook page.