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Carmen Laferrière

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Vernon
Languages: English, French

Carmen Laferrière is a fiber artist who discovered the art of felt making in 2014. Since then it is her passion. Using Merino wool, silks, recycled wool sweaters, scarves and various textiles, she creates unique felted garments, murals and jewelry. Carmen finds her inspiration in poetry, music, legends and in nature. She enjoys instructing all ages. Her workshops involve visual storytelling and how to create two or three dimensional felt creations to tell those stories. In her dynamic and interactive classes, one learns to translate inspirations into amazing fiber art pieces.


Testimonials

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

Project Examples

Felted Voices (Feltmaking/Social Injustice)


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 art integrated approach and therefore will connect with other subjects.

Felted Bird's Nests and Eggs/Bookmark and Bracelet


A workshop that looks at the history of felt making, hands-on, sensory experience, learning about the different fibres and breed 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.

Play/Mural/Masks/Props


A school project on the studies of First Nations Legends Create a play on The Legend of the Salmon People, Salish Nation/Powell River. (Other legends from other First Nations can be explored.) The students felt a button blanket (5x7) that is added to a large mural. The younger students make small felted salmon and a large river in felt adding seaweeds and other sea creatures. Older students design and create the Thunderbird mask. Others felt the sun. Costumes will be designed and made by students (using felting techniques and fibers) with my support and guidance.

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