Made by stimulating, lubricating, condensing and pressing wool, felt is an ancient textile dating back to the time of the Sumerians. The substance is strong enough to have been used for centuries as a cover for nomadic housing, and has contemporary applications in the automotive industry, home insulation and musical instruments. It is also popular as a crafting material. Deborah Loxam- Kohl takes the medium to new heights (and depths) in her low-relief sculptural forms and experimentation with felting in the round.
Until February 10, 2011, Loxam-Kohl is an artist-in-residence at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson BC where she has been exploring the use of felted wool in the three-dimensional construction of a large-scale sculptural installation. Titled The Sound of
(silence), Loxam-Kohl has altered the acoustic properties of the space by applying her patented Form Felting Machine and Process. The site installation will be open for viewing February 11, 2011 at 7 pm. Two-day workshops in 3-D Form Felting will be held February 26 and 27 at the Slocan Valley Threads Guild and on March 26 and 27, 2011 at Oxygen Art Centre.
Deborah Loxam-Kohl attended the Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson in 1999 and graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2003. She is the recipient of the Collegiate Inventors Competition Undergraduate Award from the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her invention of the Three-Dimensional Form Felting Machine and Process. She has applied her design skills to a variety of projects involving costume, furniture, exhibition and product design, and is the director of DLK Design Lab, a multi-disciplinary studio in the Slocan Valley.