Winter - Spring 2021 / enrollment is OPEN
Introduction to Felted Garment Making begins on April 20th, 2021
Online lessons have their advantages
Without rushing or pressure, you can attentively study every step of our projects, and more importantly, take a step back to repeat if necessary. All PDF instructions remain in your possession after the course ends. This makes online classes especially effective. Not only can you study the material with everyone else, observe the step by step process, chat with other participants, have your questions answered by the instructor, share your results in pictures, but you can also refresh your memory at any given point. Of course, I ask to please not distribute the material provided for your use. These materials are a product of my labor, and took months to complete, with years of acquired experience behind them. This is how I support my family. I gladly share this content with you in hopes of your understanding and support.
"This was an amazing course. I not only learned techniques that I knew I needed, but I also learned many techniques that I didn't even know that I needed. (I still can't believe that I made elastic felt that was thin, flexible, and super strong.) Every week presented new discoveries as each topic built upon the previous weeks' lessons. My final project was a cowl scarf, but these techniques are not just for garments. All can be applied to wall art and sculptural works as well. It's a veritable treasure-trove of techniques. Highly recommended!" - Becky, Structural and Textural methods for Fiber Artists
"I have taken an internet course before, but I feel that I learned so much more in this 9 weeks. Not only Katia is a talented artist/designer, but a great teacher. I can honestly say this: no question was left unanswered and everyone’s work was critiqued. I feel feedback is very important in this situation for a student as much as for a teacher. Thank you so much for teaching and sharing your knowledge and expertise with others. Looking forward to the Spring course!!!" - F. M.
In order to achieve the best experience and results, I recommend preparing in advance. It is fairly easy to do:
Prepare your workspace as you would in a studio workshop, well-lit, roomy, comfortable and with a table appropriate to your height for convenience.
The larger the screen of your electronic device, the better; this course provides many detailed photographs and videos. In order to observe those details, a desktop or laptop would be the optimal choice, followed by a tablet. A smartphone is acceptable, but not preferable due to the small screen and resolution compression.
Stock up on needed supplies and materials before the class begins.
"The Structural and Textural Methods for Fiber Artists workshops opened up a whole new world for me for using plant fibres in my felt making. The subtle ways of blending colour, adding texture and creating three dimensional shape were beautifully explained with step by step instructions, videos and discussion in the student forums. Also lovely to see what other students all over the world had made in in the same workshop." - Jennie
"I took Katia Mokeyeva online garment class which instructed how to design and make a vest. It is a very detailed class and I would highly recommend if you haven't taken it." - Deb
"Your online course have given me so many new ways of felting and new approach! Everything is so much easier now thanks to you, really, best regards." - Valérie
The ability to work at your own pace makes online classes accessible and convenient. Without a doubt, it is best to follow the instructions in the order they are received. This case allows you to exchange your experience with other participants in the chat. But, if for some reason, you've missed class for several days, you can catch up with the provided materials. Even if you had to be absent for a couple of weeks, all of the information will remain, in PDF, at your disposal. The chat and videos will be available throughout several months. Based on my teaching experience, each participant, regardless of their preparation level, likes to work at an individual pace, especially if the project requires a creative approach. An online format gives us the wonderful opportunity of working on projects without as much fuss or stress!
"Katia's Structural and Textual workshop was fantastic. I learned so much about different layouts with wool and other fibers. Her notes were clear and very detailed as were all the videos. Questions were answered and suggestions made when requested. Being able to do the class on line is a great benefit when you can't take a workshop in person." - Helene K.
"This was one of the most exciting online workshops that I have ever taken. I enrolled in the course because I was drawn to the seashell design, and I would have been happy to learn just that one technique. However, I was thrilled to learn other techniques that I have already incorporated into my own felting projects. They have become an integral part of my felting skill set and will continue to add excitement to my future works." - Becky, Dramatic Surface and Fiber Bas-relief
Each course is divided into chapters, in which the volume of information is allocated to a week's worth of work, and some of it for two weeks. I will be releasing parts of the course in the form of step-by-step instructions, videos, and numerous photographs, and you will work on your projects at times convenient for you throughout the given week. Any questions about projects can be sent to me via chat (online classroom), and I will respond to them as quickly as I can.
Please keep in mind that there will be NO video conference via apps such as Skype. Therefore, there is no need to worry about real-time communication. Participating in the online classroom chat, asking questions, and making posts are not mandatory. All it takes is attention to detail and following instructions. It is also helpful to read questions and answers proposed by other classmates.
In our time, online courses bring together and unite a diverse crowd of people from different countries around the world. This is a remarkable opportunity to expand our image of our favorite medium, discover something new or share what each of us knows. As a former student of an art university, I've understood how much it helps to have this diversity among students in the learning process. A variety of individualism and ideas strongly influences creative growth, especially with visual aids such as photographs posted to the course. Seeing the works of other students readily online is another advantage.
"The "Structural and Textural" on line workshop I took from you recently, was superb. Your clear and precise instructions and feedbacks to any questions of the students were exemplary. I appreciated your warm and personal input. I am eagerly awaiting my next class, "Introduction to Felt making Garments”, in the spring. Having taken a few workshops, I prefer on line courses. They give me more study time and reflection and less time pressure in completing a felt project." - Your Grateful Student, H.
"I enjoy the garment class. Your teaching on the videos is pleasant to listen to and watching your hands move is magical. The PDF are very explanatory in written word and photos. The photos are very important in the way I learn." - Candice
My presence and assistance will be constant throughout the course. I will be answering questions several days a week, aside from the weekend and occasional days of rest I will spend with my family. Even upon the end of the course, for several months following, you may enter the online classroom using your password, communicate, or just read questions and answers.
Supplies and materials
After the enrollment starts, and several weeks prior to the course start, I will post the list of supplies and materials necessary for our projects. The list will include ordinary inexpensive items for felting, which you will be able to reuse after the course, and some of which you likely already possess. There is a minimal amount of instruments, widely available. The same goes for the materials. I will also provide links to some of the suppliers, which I use for my own works.
Having familiarized myself with several platforms for online classes, I went with Ruzuku for their good reputation among users. Ruzuku helps students access their platform without issue, and will otherwise answer any questions.
I believe that even if you have not used online platforms or ever taken an online class before, there is never a bad time to learn! Newer technology allows us to develop our talents and to challenge our creativity without having to leave home. I push my limits alongside you, because I know I must improve my software knowledge, photography, and language skills to provide a great learning experience for everyone.
What exciting times! I invite all of you to this awesome and addicting adventure.