Nemez is the Hungarian word for an ancient textile process using wool fibers, water, and vigorous kneading, the end product being a durable, unwoven material: felt.
I knew I had found my medium and perhaps my life’s profession as well when, after long experimentation, I began to recognize what possibilities working with wool holds in terms of surface textures, densities and colors, in both two and three dimensions. I experimented with different grades and qualities of wool and various processes, from the soft, magical silk-and-merino layers of nunofilc to the hard, durable traditional raw-wool nemez and its modern applications.
Felt-making is painting and sculpture combined.
The combinations of colors and the different qualities and applications of wool hold vast possibilities, and the textures, forms, and effects which can be obtained through the introduction of ‘foriegn’ materials (i.e: other textiles, organic materials, wire and metallic thread, beads, stones, etc.) are virtually endless. Felt as an expressive medium is conducive to an instinctive and spontaneous creative process for both beginners and veteran felters.
My personal creative process is one of constant experimentation, and the gratification of creating beautiful objects is enhanced when I feel that others can appreciate these magical qualities and processes.
Seattle, Washington, USA