Textiles & Tea - February 21, 2023

Featured Artist:  Irene Heckel-Volpe
Generously sponsored by Myrna Lindstrom
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.'s (HGA) interview series, Textiles & Tea, takes place every Tuesday at 4 PM (ET). We've invited some of the most respected fiber artists in the field today to join us for an hour long conversation where we will discuss their artwork and their creative journey. Make a cup of your favorite tea and join us as we talk about fiber, creativity, inspiration, process and so much more.
Textiles & Tea is a complimentary program of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By registering you receive links to view the broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook (no account necessary). These broadcasts are recorded, free to view, and open to all. You can support our programming with a donation to HGA's Fiber Trust. For more information about Textiles & Tea, our programs, and membership, visit www.WeaveSpinDye.org or call (678) 730-0010.
Irene Heckel-Volpe has been creating collectible soft sculpture since 1986, beginning with mohair teddy bears that were featured in magazines including Teddy Bear and Friends. In 2002, Irene discovered the art of needle felting. As time went on, it became a larger part of Irene’s creative process. She began to create sculptures beyond teddy bears, developing new techniques and mixing her media.
Irene was called on to demonstrate and educate at many shows. She developed needle felting classes teaching the how-to as well as using imagination and technique to create everything from 3D sculpture to embellishment to 2D fiber paintings and shadow boxes to allow for deeper dimensional paintings.
Irene has taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Southeast Fiber Forum Association, Tryon School of Arts and Crafts, and Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and more. She presents on needle felting and is a member of WNCFHG, Heritage Weavers and Fiber Arts of WNC, Local Cloth and the Go Figure Guild.
You need to go on the HGA website to register for the presentation: hga@weavespindye.org

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