The FELT Studio is the multi-disciplinary art and design practice of Kathryn Walter who founded the company as a laboratory to explore the material and culture of modern industrial felt through research, architectural projects and a product line. Influenced by her background in sculpture and site-specific installation, Walter has created a body of work ranging from intimate artworks to large-scale commissions.
Felt is a modern material based on an ancient craft. It is rich in aesthetic and material properties that convey an array of dialectics; 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.
Walter is interested in working 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.
The FELT Studio emphasizes sustainability. Felt is made from wool, a renewable resource and Walter strives for maximum yield of material in each project to reduce waste. Remnants and off cuts are reused in various forms from one-of-a-kind products to experimental installations. The studio is located in Toronto and FELT products are made in Canada.