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The Fabric of Friendship
Just as human relationships are strengthened by time, Lynn at Receptionpressure and rolling with the punches; so is wool felt created by applying heat, soap and friction. Watching soft, fluffy wool fiber become strong and beautiful fabric is like visualizing the processes we go through in our personal relationships, which make them strong.

In summer of 2000, at the National Folk Festival, internationally known Polymer Clay artist, Lynn D. Troldahl Hershberger, chanced on a wool felt-making demonstration. She was fascinated by how loose, fluffy fibers were transformed into strong fabric by the application of heat, friction and kneading. It seemed to her a symbol of relationship, as well as art.

Ms. Hershberger determined to learn the art of making felt. She studied with world-renowned felt artist Joan Livingstone, Making felt together and joined a group of felt artists online as well as connecting with the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, and other Michigan-based fiber artists.

August 10-11, 2001, Lynn publicly created felt with loved ones. Each feltmaking session created a felt piece as a symbol of relationship. Participants included her mother, Goddaughter, Reception and friends.

Sunday, August 12, 2001, there was an artist's reception at Art Apartment, as well as a display of the felt pieces created by Lynn and her loved ones.

View photos of performance (long)

View photos of reception


East Lansing Recreation & Arts
Bailey Community Center
300 Bailey Street
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823

  Friday, August 10, 2001 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 11, 2001 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Artist's Reception: The Art Apartment
210 Abbott Road (upstairs)
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823
  Sunday, August 12, 2001 -
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Lynn D. Troldahl Hershberger

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View photos which
illustrate the felting process.

colorjoy.com art This performance and show have been generously supported and sponsored by the Art Apartment.
Thanks go also to ELRA for use of their grounds for performance space.
Photo credits: Susan Hensel, Brian Hefferan, Lynn Hershberger. Copyright 2001.