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I am an artist living in British Columbia, Canada. I studied historical fashion at Dalhousie University and since then, have worked in a variety of mediums and tehniques including hand felting and millinery.

My interests are historical fashion, world textile arts, eastern philosophy, painting, and creating good healthy food, among other things. My personal belief is that there is deep integrity to objects made by hand. This is especially important in our modern world, where we are increasingly estranged from the handmade in our daily lives. I seek to work from a place of peace and unhurried attention to detail. My fibre art is a meditation for me.

These hats, my current body of work, are wetfelted, and draw on traditional millinery techniques. Most of them are a blend of fine Merino and Finn. I often embellish my hats with beads made from rolling wool into…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 2
  • Joined August 12, 2010

Favorite materials

merino wool, sequins, broken pieces of old jewellery, beads, silk, cashmere, oil paint, canvas, linen, sparkly stuff

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About

I am an artist living in British Columbia, Canada. I studied historical fashion at Dalhousie University and since then, have worked in a variety of mediums and tehniques including hand felting and millinery.

My interests are historical fashion, world textile arts, eastern philosophy, painting, and creating good healthy food, among other things. My personal belief is that there is deep integrity to objects made by hand. This is especially important in our modern world, where we are increasingly estranged from the handmade in our daily lives. I seek to work from a place of peace and unhurried attention to detail. My fibre art is a meditation for me.

These hats, my current body of work, are wetfelted, and draw on traditional millinery techniques. Most of them are a blend of fine Merino and Finn. I often embellish my hats with beads made from rolling wool into small balls. I use sequins and beads to embellish these felt beads, carefully mixing and matching differing profiles, sizes and finishes to give them luminosity and depth. I also make jewellery from these beads. Achieving richness in texture and colour through the use of layers of handwork is an important goal for me. As well as this, I strive to bring out the inherently tactile qualities of wool, playing with its' sculptural possibilities in my designs. My work is inspired by historical and ethnic clothing and adornment.

All my hats are lined in the finest fabrics, most often silk. I use high-quality Merino and source my Finn batting directly from a family in Finland who grow, card and dye their wool themselves on their farm in the lake district of Central Finland. In my bridal pieces, I use Swarovski Crystal elements and ethically harvested or repurposed feathers.

Please visit my website for more information and to see more photos of my work, old and new:

www.urchyn.com

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