FELT is a studio, and a label founded in 2000 by Kathryn Walter whose direction focuses on the material and culture of modern industrial felt through PRODUCTS, EXHIBITIONS and INTERIORS. Influenced by her background in visual art, Walter has created a body of work ranging from small objects to large-scale installations. She has designed and made a collection of accessories and furnishings, and developed a series of wall-coverings that have been adapted to numerous sites. Walter works with architects, designers and clients that want to use felt and have a context for its application. She can respond to sites, budgets and ideas to create unique results for each situation. CONTACT the studio for more information.
Felt is a modern material based on an ancient craft. It is rich in aesthetic and material properties. It spans history even as it continues to evoke a contemporary quality; it crosses fluidly between industry and domesticity; and it is manufactured by machine but has the natural gravitas of stone or wood that attracts a primal sense of comfort. It is desirable for its unique look as well as for its practical characteristics including tactility and structure and ability to resist fire and absorb sound. The FELT studio emphasizes sustainability. Felt is made from wool, a renewable resource. Each project strives for maximum yield of material to reduce waste, and remnants and off-cuts are reused in various forms from limited editions to experimental installations. The studio is located in Toronto and FELT products are made in Canada.
Before founding FELT, Kathryn Walter worked in a range of media, practicing as an artist, curator and educator. She went to Emily Carr College of Art and Design and began showing her work in 1989 in Vancouver in galleries and public sites in the city. She moved to Montreal to work and study, and completed an MFA in 1993 at Concordia University. In 1997 she returned to her hometown of Toronto. See a selection of projects BEYOND FELT. Walter continues to work at the intersection of visual art, design, craft and material culture through the FELT studio and in partnerships with the Division: dittybag.