Fiber Artist Tonya Vance Demonstrates Felted Easter Egg Ornaments at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Tonya Vance, of Lexington, will demonstrate her wool felted Easter egg ornaments on Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Vance received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University, and her work has evolved from two dimensional printing and drawing to three dimensional fiber art. After being introduced to felting through the Lexington Fiber Guild, she has taken many workshops taught by renowned felt artists, including Irish artist Nicola Brown.
After experimenting and using different types of wool, Vance settled on using wool from merino sheep, purchasing the wool in bulk.
“Merino wool felts better because it is a finer, shorter-length fiber,” she said. “It tends to felt smoother and more easily than other types of wool.”
[IMG_0238] Vance loves brilliant color and dyes some of the wool and silk fibers before using the wet-felting process to create her works. Wet-felting is where loose wool is laid down in layers and agitated using warm water and soap. This process locks the wool fibers together to become felted. The wet-felted wool can then be formed into numerous shapes and left to dry.
As a last step in forming her Easter egg ornaments, Vance puts a thin cobweb layer of silk fibers over the felted wool as a contrasting color and layer.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov