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Guest Artist: Ginger Summit, Textile Artist and Teacher
January 22, 2020
Ginger has experience in various textiles and particularly in wool “felting.” Her work includes framed artworks, decor, authentic bird and animal fiber sculptures plus a variety of wearable art.
Come learn more about this unique art form on:
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
10 am – 12 noon
Mission Room at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont
This program is free, open to members and the public. Light refreshments provided.
Creating Weaves of Skills, Brilliance and Beauty!
A Profile of Master Artist Ginger Summit
By Radhika Sharma
Modest and charming, Ginger Summit is a true master artist. Ginger’s interest in handicrafts started from a very young age in large part owing to observing her mother creating beautiful things from fabrics. From simple beginnings such as making outfits for her dolls to weaving, spinning, knitting and her current focus, felting, her extremely skilled repertoire has come a full circle.
A retired Special Education teacher, Ginger’s depth of knowledge about felting is vast and deep. “People will notice,” says Ginger, “that when wool or knitted clothing are cycled through the washer or dryer, the fabric shrinks. This is because the scales of fiber shafts have bonded together.” The process of felting fabric is similar, she notes, to the process just described. Felting was the first technique used to bind fibers together to create a soft mat which could be used for utilitarian or decorative purposes.
Wool fibers have scales, while polyester, nylon and silks do not have scales and hence do not bind when wet. Two common techniques to bind wool when wet are to use warm soapy water or barbed needles to control the process of tangling or matting the fabrics. For those in possession of felt objects and creations, Ginger adds a note of caution for their storage. “Remember that moth finds felt delicious and therefore it is best to use moth balls, moth repellent dryer pads, sprays or to simply keep airing and shaking your clothes and felt creations.”
The types of creations that Ginger makes vary by setting. She has made innumerable home décor items, wall hangings, rugs, hats, shawls, scarves and a variety of other items as requested. Scarves are a favorite. “Making scarves is fun! They are easy and nice and quick and good to give as gifts!”
Ginger is currently immersed in creating, teaching and exhibiting her felt work. She also teaches children and adults classes on felting. Her upcoming visit to the Olive Hyde Art Guild on 1/22/2020 is much anticipated!
To learn more about Ginger Summit and her work visit: http://www.summitfiberarts.com/