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About the Artist
Deep Color is owned by Claudia Hoffberg. Claudia teaches
all the fiber classes and hand dyes much of the fiber used.
I studied ceramics and textiles at CCAC, Penland, and
the School for American Craftsmen. After school I reluctantly put aside
weaving and spinning to devote myself completely to ceramics. After
15 years of being a professional potter I closed the studio and began
to weave tapestries. When Straw into Gold closed (local fiber store),
I wanted to help fill the void. Six months later we opened Deep Color.
My current obsession is with making sheets of felt and cutting them
up, sewing them into quilts and baskets. In earlier life I also have
taught sea kayaking, white water kayaking, and Breema bodywork.
AND SUMMER NEWS 2010
Wool is so easy. It's always ready to go. You can just
grab some colors, get your water and soap and start playing around.
As I work of play my mind calms down and I start to get more orderly.
I tidy up my towers and sponges. Each little piece leads me to the next
one. I have a huge bag of different colors spilling out on the table.
I always need more colors. I listen to classical music as I felt.
Functional I like felt for 3 reasons:
- You can make almost anything you need for yourself
- rugs, clothes, boots, hats, bags, pillows, blankets, jewelery, scarves
- Fashion and Garments - Felting into fabric (nuno
felting) is very attractive. The wool crumples silk into this beautiful
smooth shiny surface. Felting into cloth can make a very light but
warm garment and you suddenly need hundreds of felt scarves. You can
also make real clothes, coats, skirts, ponchos, dresses. We all want
clothes that we really like and making your own clothes that are beautiful
is like being a famous designer.
- Art - Then there is the part of us that just needs
to speak - the soul part that wants to make things because it needs
to. You can't stop this part of yourself. Thank goodness. Or you eyes
want to see something in particular so you make it and so that you
can look at it.
Deep Color Textile Arts Studio
I think we are really a
textile arts studio now - we don't just felt! We stitch, bead, dye, shibori,
keep art journals, sew clothes, discuss art and eat cake. We are just
a classroom studio now - not a store anymore.
Why are we going on to the all semester system?
I love, love, love teaching my felting semester group.
Meeting every month to make art, to make your own art with a group of
passionate felters is really satisfying. It's a guaranteed chunk of
time when all you have to is make art, talk about art, and eat potluck.
Don't we all want more time to make art?
How is Deep Color? How is my new life? (since the
Deep Color looks very nice inside with lots more tables
to work on and a good wall of many colors of wool. The semester class
meeting every month has been tons of fun to teach and everyone in there
is getting shockingly good at very supportive of each other. The other
felting classes have been smaller which is nice too and the weekend
class format is much more fullfilling than 4 hour classes. I love all
the time I have to make art now. I've started doing all the dying myself
again, the colors are turning out very beautifully. It's all very wet
and fumey though. I'm beading a six foot tall wire frame sculpture right
now which is very obsessive. It looks thrilling though. It's interesting,
after going through so much thought and struggle over closing the studio
to have more time to make art, when I have my time to make art my little
head voice says, "Shouldn't you really be doing something useful?
Like cleaning the bathroom?"
We have really beautiful and unusual materials for the
classes. I'm currently doing the dying and I've been dying.....
1. Painted and solid merino tencel in bright mustard
greens, citrusy intense yellow, green blues, orange browns - new colors
all the time. Felts very quickly
2.Silk and merino batting in rolls - this looks speckly
and lush felted.
3. Haboti silk for nuno felting - 1, 2, 3, yd pieces
- These look like paintings with many layered colors. Students have
been felting them and making clothes.
4. Painted silk caps - These can be pulled apart and
look like jelly fish on a felted surface.
5. Tussah silk and merino. The silk gives a luster that
is softer than the tencel.
We also always have about 30 to 40 shades of merino,
corriedale, different silks, and bamboo.
Generally, these materials are only available for
classes but you can come in on April 18 to our open house to buy some.