Discipline: Visual Arts
Languages: English, French
Carmen Laferrière is a fibre artist who loves to ignite and inspire other to her passion of felt making. She uses Merino wool, silk and natural fibres. She finds her inspiration in poetry, patterns and colours in nature and people she meets. Carmen teaches all ages. Her goal as a visual artist is to bring out the student's creativity and to enable their artistic voices to flow freely. Carmen has her studio in Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan.
My friend and I did a scarf felting workshop with Carmen Laferrière. It was a fabulous experience for both of us and I intend to do more learning through further workshops with this artist! Carmen was incredibly well prepared, always gracious, patient and truly knowledgeable and exciting artist and very gifted in teaching others. Brenda Bannerman
I had the pleasure to have Carmen teach the art of felting in my Kindergarten class. She is passionate about what she does. She is very knowledgeable about her art and in her ability to engage all students. Her interaction with the children is gentle and inclusive. Lisa Poirier, Enseignante de Francization, École Entre-Lacs, Penticton
Carmen's felting workshop was excellent. She had a group of Grade 3-4 students and they made a felted bookmark for reading week. They were introduced to the legend of felting and then to make and decorate their bookmark with silk embroidery thread. They worked in pairs and learned to twist a cord for their bookmark. It was a very successful, innovative and interactive activity. Jacinthe Alarie, Spécialiste, École Entre-Lacs, Penticton
Using felt making as a core medium, students will explore some significant events that took place in your town or in BC in the 20th century. They will create tactile metaphors to represent and communicate how these events impacted their own lives, community and culture. Through the process of felting, using different techniques they will develop their creative and critical thinking skills. An exhibition of their works will take place at the end of the semester.
The project will focus on the process of felting while exploring social justice issues that the students are encountering and wish to explore more deeply. The students who choose to participate (Grades 7-11) will be at the center of the project and will use an active hands-on approach working with wool to make felt works, exhibit their work and organize a poetry evening or show. The students will draw from their own experiences to actively shape the project and what they wish to do. The project will take shape using an arts integrated approach and therefore will connect with other subjects.
A workshop that looks at the history of felt making, hands-on, sensory experience, learning about the different fibres and breeds of sheep. I tell the legend of felting to the students. They make a bird's nest (Kindergarten, Grade 1). Bookmark/bracelet (Grade 2 and up). They experience the whole process of felting using fibre, water, soap and friction.