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ABOUT CHERDAK

Cherdak is a Russian word for attic, where old but interesting things are kept. Every time you go to the attic you are up for a surprise. It was my favorite place to sneak in and find something old, but cool when I visited my grandparents. So here, in my CHERDAK, I'm combining some of the oldest techniques of feltmaking with a modern twist. For my shop's name I wanted to choose a very cool word from my native language which can be easily pronounced no matter what language you speak.

I'm a self taught feltmaker from Daugavpils, Latvia currently living in Houston,TX,USA. I've been felting since 2006 and it's my main interest at the moment. One thing lead to another and I started to make hand-spun yarn and to dye fiber, so now I incorporate all the above in my work. I participate in exhibitions and fashion shows…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 7
  • Joined April 14, 2008

Favorite materials

wool, silk, bamboo, raw wool fleece, recycled fabric

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  • cherdak
    Modern Felted Accessories and Fashion.

About

ABOUT CHERDAK

Cherdak is a Russian word for attic, where old but interesting things are kept. Every time you go to the attic you are up for a surprise. It was my favorite place to sneak in and find something old, but cool when I visited my grandparents. So here, in my CHERDAK, I'm combining some of the oldest techniques of feltmaking with a modern twist. For my shop's name I wanted to choose a very cool word from my native language which can be easily pronounced no matter what language you speak.

I'm a self taught feltmaker from Daugavpils, Latvia currently living in Houston,TX,USA. I've been felting since 2006 and it's my main interest at the moment. One thing lead to another and I started to make hand-spun yarn and to dye fiber, so now I incorporate all the above in my work. I participate in exhibitions and fashion shows locally and internationally and won several awards for my felted garments. I'm particularly interested in fashion design and I love creating wearable art and that's where my true passion lies.

EXHIBITIONS

2012 Nov 3-Nov 14 "Interwoven 4: Accessorize!" 18 Hands Gallery. Houston, TX

2010-2012 "The Climate Is Changing!" travelling exhibition. Italy, Germany, UK, France

France:
2012 Jul 2-Sept 23 The Felt Museum. Mouzon

UK:
2012 Apr 27-Jun 18th Craft In The Bay. Cardiff, Wales
2012 Feb 6-Apr 3rd Farfield Mill. Sedburgh, Cumbria
2011 Oct 31-Dec 10 The Atkinson Gallery. Street,Somerset
2011 Aug 11-Aug 21 Landmark Arts Centre. Teddington, South-West London
2011 Mar 8-May 21st The North Light Gallery. Huddersfield,West Yorkshire

GERMANY:
2011 Jan 18-Feb 13 Pfalzmuseum. Forchheim
2010 Oct 28-Dec 12 Japanisches Palais. Dresden
2010 Sept 17-Oct 17 Neue Residenz. Halle
2010 Aug 20-Sept 12 Holzhof. Göttingen
2010 Jul 17-Aug 15 Historisches Zentrum. Wuppertal

ITALY:
2010 May 7-Jul 7 Museo del Tessuto. Prato


2011 "Interwoven lll". 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX

2010 "Texas! A Blending of Cultures", Mexican American Cultural Center. Austin,TX

2009 Contemporary Handweavers of Texas biannual conference fashion show. San Antonio,TX

2007 Houston Area Fiber Artists annual juried exhibition "Compositions in Fiber". Houston,TX

2007 Contemporary Handweavers of Texas biannual conference fashion show. Houston,TX

2007 Houston Area Fiber Artists annual fashion show. Houston,TX

2006 "Felt Up", Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Houston,TX


HONORS AND AWARDS

2012 Honorable mention for a nuno felted scarf. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX

2011 Best in Show award for nuno felted dress. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX

2007 CHT members fashion show:
"Funky Monk" felted coat:
-member's choice
-best of show in felt
-Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) award

"Clouds" nuno felted dress:
-2nd place

ABOUT FELTMAKING

Traditional felt is formed by interlocking unspun (loose) wool fibers (wool blends work as well). There's no knitting or weaving involved in creating felt! Through a combination of heat, moisture and agitation, each individual fiber becomes entangled with another fibers around it and that's how felt is created.
There's also nuno-felting. Nuno is a Japanese word for fabric. In this process unspun fibers are felted into fabric and the same process procedures apply.
There's also needle-felting. Special barbed needles are used for this technique. With every stroke the fibers become entangled.
Environmentally wool is a renewable resource and when tossed aside is 100% bio-degradable.


If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by !

Olga Tarasova
creator of CHERDAK

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