Anita Johnson - Found objects revealed: Assemblage & Felt

Anita Johnson - Found objects revealed: Assemblage & Felt

Explore how narratives can be drawn out of the assemblage of found objects and the act of making felt around them. Learn many practical and ingenious methods of using hand-tools to join found objects together. This is a weekend of alchemy, of animating the inanimate and creating engaging sculptures by felting discarded things.

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Using your own found objects Anita will guide you through making improvised constructed sculptures using simple but effective hand-tool methods. Screwing, pinning, riveting as well as using the Dremel and modelling materials to make seamless joins between objects. Explore the possibilities of that junk stash! Anita has developed her own methods of felting around various parts of objects, and she will teach these in depth. Learn different ways to accommodate the migration of the fibres around a solid object to achieve a well-made felt skin.

There can be a very pleasing contrast in materials between the softness of the felt and the found objects. Create fascinating sculptures that are so much more than the sum of their parts!

Intermediate Level

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Anita Johnson, formerly Anita Larkin, is a Sculptor who has been working in the medium of handmade felt, lifecasting and assemblages of collected objects since 1993. She is represented by Defiance Gallery in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Johnson’s textile sculptures have shown in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museo del Tessuto in Italy, The Blake Prize, The International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sculptural Felt International and the Second Tamworth Textile Triennial. She has been teaching sculptural feltmaking and found object assemblage since 1994 nationally and internationally.

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Event Details

Date Sat 27th Aug 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sun 28th Aug 2022 4:30 pm
Cut off date Sat 20th Aug 2022
Price ATASDA Members $200 Non-members $250 Materials Fee $10
Location Epping Creative Centre
Registrations are closed for this event

Workshop Information

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  • Pay a deposit to secure your place in a workshop as they fill quickly
  • The deposit of $31 for a one day workshop and $62 for a two day workshop is non-refundable
  • Remainder of payment is due 4 weeks before the workshop
  • Non-members pay a higher price for workshops so join now to get the members’ rate
  • Non-members are not included in ballots if the demand is greater than available places
  • For Textile Tasters, full payment is required when you register.

Materials Fee

Material fee to be paid directly to the tutor at the workshop.

On the day

  • Bring your own lunch and mug, morning and afternoon tea is provided
  • Please arrive early so you are unpacked and ready to start at 9.30am
  • Tutors finish teaching at 4pm, so everyone can help with the cleanup. Participants leave at 4.30pm each day.


We may take photographs during the workshop for use in ATASDA promotional material. If you do not want to be photographed please advise the workshop helper at sign-in.

Before taking photographs for your own records, check with the workshop helper first, as some tutors do not allow photography.


It is your responsibility to provide any personal protective and/or safety equipment required for the workshop, e.g. safety glasses, facemask, gloves. See workshop requirements list for additional items.

Special needs

Please email NSW Workshops before you book if you have special needs e.g. wheelchair access.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a workshop is cancelled by ATASDA your workshop fee will be refunded
  • Can't attend? You may be able to gift your enrolment, please contact NSW Workshops
  • If you cancel up to 4 weeks prior to the workshop your payments, minus the deposit, will be refunded
  • If you have to cancel within four weeks of the workshop due to extenuating circumstances, a partial refund may be given, please contact NSW Workshops

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