Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker at the
One of A Kind Show in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, Booth 6080. December 6-9, 2012
Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker in a trunk show in Evanston, Illinois 17-18 November 2012 with
"... On the Ball" Workshops in the U.K. September 2012. Four 2-day courses: Headley Village Hall 15/16th, Hats; Farnham Maltings 17/18th, Bags; Burbage Village Hall 20/21st, Bags; Bristol 22/23rd, Hats. Click Here to email for information.
Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, Minnesota at the St. Paul RiverCentre, Booth 609. April 20-22, 2012 Special Preview Party April 19, 2012. http://public.craftcouncil.org/stpaul
Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker at The American Craft Council's flagship show in Baltimore (http://public.craftcouncil.org/baltimore). Booth 3704, February 24-26, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
One of a Kind, 1-4 December 2011, Chicago Merchandise Mart, Booth 8-9095, as collaborative element in "Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker."
Bounce a Ball, Felt a Hat at the Craft Alliance on Delmar in St. Louis, Saturday, October 29th, 9:30 am promptly - 5 pm. Click on More Felted Hats with Ruth Walker for further information (314.725.1177 x331).
Peoria Fine Art Fair, 24-25 September 2011, in Peoria, Illinois from 10-5 each day. Collaborative element of "Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker."
Estes Park Wool Market. Estes Park, Colorado. On the 11th & 12th of June (although opening on the evening of the 10th for workshop participants) I'll be in my booth with hats, scarves, and wool for felting.
"Nuno- or Not" Felt Scarf Workshop at the Estes Park Wool Market, Thursday June 9th, 2011. "Nuno" is simply the Japanese word for "fabric." "Nuno-felt" is the incorporation of knit or woven fabric into the structure of wool felt by wet felting. As the wool shrinks up it buckles and bubbles the fibers and fabrics that don't shrink, yielding some pretty wonderful textures.
American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, Minnesota, 15-17 April 2011 on the main aisle in Booth 1904 designated Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker.
"Hat on a Ball" workshop all day Saturday at the Tenth Anniversary 2011 Fiber Retreat in Jefferson City, Missouri, Saturday March 12th, 2011. The class will be held at the 4H Camp (a part of the Lincoln University Experimental Farm).
American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center, Feb. 24-27, 2011 in Booth 535 designated Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker.
"Hat on a Ball" Workshop at the Craft Alliance at the Delmar Studio in St. Louis, MO, from 9:30-5 on 22 January 2011. 11 new and continuing felters each constructed, felted and completed a hat in a day!
One of A Kind Show, Chicago, 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart in "Fashion Avenue" at Booth 8-9095, 2-5 December 2010, with Suza Wooldridge, collaborator. Our booth is listed as Wow! Dyed and Felted.
Unique Boutique with Suza Wooldridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Road in Ladue, St. Louis, Missouri, 20-21 November 2010.
Inaugural workshop for a new felting group in the Kansas City area! "Bounce a Ball, Felt a Hat" on October 24. Contact Judy Santner for more information.
27th Annual Taos Wool Festival, 2-3 October 2010. Vendor and Prize-winner. (This is another one of the very few times of the year you can buy hand-dyed permanently moth-proofed wool from me.)
Midwest Felting Symposium July 21-25, 2010, vendor. This is one of the very few times of the year you can buy hand-dyed permanently moth-proofed wool from me. (I myself will be taking a couple of workshops there.)
Workshop at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO July 17: "Nuno ... or Not" fine felt scarf incorporating silk fabric. (Or not -- your preference.) "Nuno" is simply the Japanese word for "fabric." "Nuno-felt" is the incorporation of knit or woven fabric into the structure of wool felt by wet felting. As the wool shrinks up it buckles and bubbles the fibers and fabrics that don't shrink, yielding some pretty wonderful textures.
One of A Kind Show & Sale, Chicago, December 3-6, Chicago Merchandise Mart. Invited artist; booth number is 8-9095. This is in the 8000 aisle of the golden-hued "Fashion District" as shown on the following map, which you will need to read with your very best bifocals &/or your dissecting microscope:
Floor plan overview (pdf).
FALL TRUNK SHOW with
Brooks Ltd. in Lakewood, Colorado, September 24-26.
19TH ANNUAL ART TO WEAR SHOW at the
Cambridge Artists' Co-op at 59A Church St., Cambridge, Massachusetts. 24 September - October 25.
8th Annual ARTstravaganza! with
The Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist Members. Friday Evening 4:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
At the St. Louis Artists' Guild, Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO 63105
Midwest Felting Symposium at the end of July through the beginning of August in Madison, Wisconsin. I'll be selling wonderful fibers that I've dyed and mothproofed. There is a fabulous line-up of teachers (I'll be taking a couple of classes); you should get registered.
Workshop: Roll a Ball, Felt a Purse with Two & a half Pockets Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Contact
Deb Tewell for further information.
Smithsonian On-Line Auction. From April 15th through April 28th you can bid for fine craft, proceeds to benefit the Smithsonian's educational mission. Items available this year include a Ruth Walker, Feltmaker hat, as requested by the Smithsonian Women's Committee. (The proceeds from the hat I donated two years ago to this auction went to gorilla reproduction research.)
Workshop: Roll a Ball, Felt a Hat, April 22nd, 2009, hosted by the Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild, Oronoco, Minnesota. Contact
Carolyn Barsness (or 507-269-7074) for details.
Booth 417,American Craft Council2009 Baltimore American Craft Show, February 24 – 26, Wholesale, & Febrary 27 - March 1, For The Public, Baltimore Convention Center. As the Council’s flagship show, it is a must-attend event for the public and wholesale buyers alike. Hope to see you there!
"Hat-i-tude!" January's Featured Artist at
Bluestem Missouri Crafts, 13 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri. Reception January 23rd.
Participation in The Columbia Weavers & Spinners' GuildNineteenth Annual Holiday Exhibition & Sale, 7-9 November 2008 at the Boone County Historical Society Museum. The museum is located at 3801 Ponderosa Street in Columbia, Missouri. Click here for map & directions to the Museum. 6-9 pm on Friday, 9-4 on Saturday, 11-4 on Sunday. Demonstrations will be held Saturday & Sunday. This rigorously juried event is well-known for the excellent quality of the work presented.
Roll That Ball, Felt
That Hat & Felt That Purse! Intense 2-day wet felting workshops on November 1st & 2nd with the Silverado Handweavers Guild of Napa, California. Here is an exciting opportunity to learn wet felting techniques as part of a hard working and fun-filled weekend making your very own fashion statement with a stunning hat and/or a handsome purse with practical pockets.There were 9 hat felters and 8 purse felters and almost everyone finished. Contact:
email Barbara Stafford or call 707 224 3229
ARTstravaganza! Juried Artists from The Best of Missouri Hands are gathering from throughout the state of Missouri at the
St. Louis Artists’ Guild for the Annual ARTstravaganza! with fine, fun and folk artwork. More than 40 artists from this award-winning all-Missouri guild will fill the gracious Oak Knoll mansion and the adjoining heated tent with multi-media magic. The artwork in ARTstravaganza! will cover all aspects of fine arts and crafts including: pottery, painting, glass, jewelry, fiber, woodworking, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography and much more. 24-26 October 2008. Admission is free.
25th Annual Taos Wool Festival, 4-5 October 2008 at Kit Carson Park, Taos NM. One of the best-known wool festivals in the country, and at a time when one can drive through the Rockies and see dramatic golden aspens streaming through dark, dark evergreens. Booth 56 between Teri Inman's Bristol Yarnworks and Elsa. Blue ribbons acquired for a Teapot Dome and a pincushion.
Celebrating Creativity, August 14-September 14, 2008. Juried exhibition of
Best of Missouri Hands artists at the Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Of my work the exhibition includes a "Blue-Violet with Chartreuse Locks" Hat and Purse. Juried by Dion Dion, Executive Director,
Art St. Louis, whose juror's comments state "Functional work that races past mere function to the presentation of beauty, superior quality and very fine craft include the works of Noel Leicht, Lee Richards, Sandy Schulz, Susan Lumsden, Katherine Ehlmann, Ruth Walker, Ellen Klamon and Suza Wooldridge."
Roll a Ball, Felt a Purse! Intense 1-day wet felting workshop with 2-d and 3-d resists at the Midwest Felting Symposium, 23 July 2008, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Estes Park Wool Market, 12-13 June 2008. Gorgeous place, right at the margins of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
"Hats & Purses on the Ball", 17 & 18 June 2008 (pick one or two days satisfyingly intense felting) just after the Estes Park Wool Market, at The Studios of Bristol along the "Silver Highway" above Creede, Colorado. Contact Teri Inman for information.
Five Intense Afternoons of Felting with the fibers class of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 2-6 June 2008. Contact Professor Laura Strand for details.
ACC St. Paul Fine Craft Show, 18-20 April 2008, St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota. What a great place for felt hats! and the jackets constructed from luminous, handwoven, handpainted warps of Suza Wooldridge (Suza Designs).
"Roll a Ball -- Felt a Hat or Purse." Workshop with the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis on Saturday, 5 January 2008, at the Brentwood Community Center in St. Louis. Registration is through the Weavers Guild.
ACC Fine Craft Show November 2-4, 2007, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lovely weather; very, very quiet show floor. Booth 1612.
Other than hats: My work won three major awards -- Grand Champion (Long Vest above and above left), Reserve Grand Champion (a pouch that can be worn over the shoulder or tied about the waist), and Lorraine Mooney Award for Best Use of Colorado-New Mexico-Texas Fibers (the aforementioned pouch) -- all three awards in two items in the Garment competition at the 24th Annual Taos Wool Festival October 6-7, 2007, at Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico. Rain or shine, a premier collection of works of wool from the wool of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Booth 55 with Teri Inman of Bristol Yarnworks.
ACC Fine Craft Show August 10-12, 2007, at the "Festival Pavilion" (Pier 3 at Fort Mason) in San Francisco, California, Booth 805. Fine American art and craft. Beautiful, cool weather.
Felting workshops with the
Midwest Felting Symposium July 25-29, 2007, in Madison, Wisconsin. Taught a full day class on 3-d and 2-d resists in making purses (the general technique works for a variety of hats as well) and a half-day class on fine scarves.
Bidding was held online for one of my hats! The Smithsonian Craft Show Committee Women's Committee chose a hat for the Smithsonian Craft Show On-line Auction, which proceeded for 8 days from April 15th. The winning bidder thereby contributed to one of our nation's foremost resources. This year's offerings will be up for viewing (i.e., so that you can see what you missed) until April of 2008.The Wearable Art page of the "Closed" items contains the violet and red hat.
23rd Annual Taos Wool Festival October 7-8, 2006, at Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico. Ruth Walker, Feltmaker was awarded a Blue Ribbon for her Fuchsia and Chartreuse Handfelted Purse with pockets.
"A Celebration of Excellence" featuring Best of Missouri Hands Artists. August 14-September 23, 2006, at the Cox Gallery, Kemper Arts Center, William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri. A Natalie Acker Collins-Sponsored Juried Exhibition. Juror: Jerry K. Thomas.
All Stitched Up, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Invited artist. April 30-June 11, 2006. Fifty state and national fiber artists, including a collection of art quilts by the Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists Guild. Beaver Dam Area Arts Association at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts. Sponsored in part by Nancy's Notions. "Nancy's Notions Weekend" 3-6 May.
Hat or Purse Felting in Fiber Arts classes at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 30 January-2 Februry 2006. Contact Dr. Jo Stealey, Department of Fine Arts, for further information.
"Great Balls O' Felt!" Reading from "Warm as Wool," passing around clean and greasy fleeces, and felting (you guessed it) felt balls with the fifth grade classes of Lee Elementary School, Columbia MO, 9 December 2005.
Ruth Walker, Feltmaker Colorful, highly-textured hand-felted wool accessories for head, hands, hearth, and home; permanently mothproofed.