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Karin Flatøy Svarstad

Kalvåg, Norway
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Karin Flatøy Svarstad

Karin Flatøy Svarstad has been researching and working with the wool for more than forty years. She has focused on the native sheep of the area dispersed throughout Norway, Shetland, Orkney, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Man during the Viking Era for 20 years. Her personal works are deeply connected to the rich and ancient traditions of wool work of the region but charmingly whimsical and contemporary, carrying on the ingenuity and personal expression through craft of generations of women. She teaches, lectures and travels extensively throughout the region, displaying her work in a number of galleries. She has her own cultural center and gallery on the West coast of Norway. This will be her first trip to North House.

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Current Courses Offered by Karin Flatøy Svarstad

3 Days
Felted geese

Felting Exploration: Sculptural Felting

Felting is based on three main principles: flat, sculptural and open form. Featured international guest instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad will explore all three of these techniques in this three day workshop, using birds as inspiration, though students will be free to take inspiration from whatever forms they like. Karin is…
Tue, Feb 12th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
2 Days
Teaser image for Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

Join featured international guest instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad for an exploration of wool varieties and felting techniques, resulting in a wearable (or not, your choice!) hat. This felting technique is easy to learn, opens the door to innumerable creative possibilities and can be used to make bags, shoes, slippers or…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019