Hanging, "Structures and Surfaces", 2008
Medium: Merino wool, silk
Technique: felted, fiber mat pleated before felting
Label: Merino wool and silk, pleated and felted. Gift of Ursula Suter. 2009-24-2.
- Made by Ursula Suter
What is this?
Narrow vertical hanging with softly undulating vertical ruffles of felted white wool and silk.
Why is this in our collection?
Ursula Suter began experimenting with felt in 1997 and undertook a more serious study of the technique at the Ballenberg Museum Course Center in Switzerland (2002–04). Her first solo exhibition, Felt Skins, was held in 2002 in Zürich. She has participated in numerous group shows in Europe and has been an annual participant in the International Felt Symposium. Suter begins with gossamer sheets of wool batting. With a needle and thread, she gently pleats, tucks, or ruches the fiber into folds. Each fold must be covered in plastic to prevent it from felting to the background. When she proceeds to the wetting and agitation stage, which together cause felting, the folds are transformed into standing ridges... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Fashioning Felt, March 6 to September 7, 2009