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The Globe and Mail, February 21, 2013
Life and Arts
A feel for felt

article by Matthew Hague
 
...Kathryn Walter's recent project with architect Heather Dubbeldam gave a modern fireplace surround a retro, angel-stone effect (only better, it not only helps dampens sound but is also fire-resistant)...


Canadian House and Home, February, 2012
Style Files
H&H checks in with three designers a decade after they first appeared on our pages.

 
Ten years ago, the Interior Design Show initiated a groundbreaking showcase for independent and emerging Canadian Designers called Studio North…We visit alumni who caught our eye early on and lived up to expectations: Kathryn Walter, Bradley Denton and Pascale Girardin…. Walter highlights felt’s textural appeal in large-scale installtions.


Globe and Mail, January 21, 2012
Style
Design's leading lights and Trailblazers at Toronto's interior Design Show

profiles by Deirdre Kelly
 
"The Material Girl: When Toronto's Kathryn Walter first started experimenting with industrial felt just over a decade ago, she earned a reputation as a designer of intimate housewares. Since then, Walter has dramatically expanded her scope and repertoire using the material to create monumental wall installations..."


National Post, January 21, 2012
Exhibiting Excellence
Shari Kulha talks to some innovative participants coming to 2012's Interior Design Show

 
FELT studio: a one-woman design house that holds collaborative discussions with architects and designers to create site-specific solutions...


500 Felt Objects, 2011
includes 4 objects by Kathryn Walter
book published by Lark Crafts: An imprint of Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. New York, 2011

edited by Susan Brown
 
Beautifully illustrated, this outstanding survey features 500 felt objects in a variety of forms, made by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world. Discover how felt is being embraced and showcased by the contemporary artistic community in one lavish book.


NOW magazine, Toronto, January 20, 2011
Life and Style
 
A FELT handbag is featured in Andrew Sardone’s selection of felt accessories and housewares. Kathryn Walter is in good company among local designers Wildhagen and Bev Hisey along with internationalist Pia Wallen.


Ornamentum: Decorative Arts in Canada, Fall, 2010
Form Function Felt
An article by Sarah Nasby
 
Spool Stool elegantly expresses the felt-ness of felt: it's strength and durability and its basic organizing principle—the ability to roll for storage. The design extends from the artist's sensitivity to the natural characteristics of the material and the restraint in her control over it. The unforced gesture of the rolled objects creates an open-ended form with proportions that make it appropriate for myriad domestic uses from stools to tables to footrests to sculpture…


Canadian Architect, September, 2010
That's How She FELT
Artist and designer Kathryn Walter elevates a basic utilitarian textile to the realm of the sublime

a proflle by Leslie Jen
 
A strong background in fine art is evident in the work of Kathryn Walter, who utilizes industrial wool felt in a plethora of fascinating applications, from accessories to industrial design to architectural interiors.


Azure, June, 2010
A Feel For Felt
a profile by Olivia Stren
 
A series of high-end architectural commissions is helping Toronto artist Kathryn Walter take one of the world's oldest textiles to new places. This profile is a comprehensive look at a wide range of FELT projects.


Applied Arts, March, 2010
Off the wall
A review of Art of Wallpaper by Pamela Young
 
Toronto’s FELT Studio creates wall coverings and personal accessories made of felt. Disk-O a design by the studio’s founder, Kathryn Walter, blankets walls with three-dimensional felt disks that create interesting texture while diverting waste from landfills—the disks are remnants from an industrial die-cutting process.


DIIVAN, June, 2009
Felt and Paper walls (translation)
an article by Eve Arpo
 
This essay looks at felt and paper as they are used to create a range of interior furnishings. It focuses on wall partitions and modular design systems, and features four feature walls by FELT Studio.


New York Times, May 1, 2009
Humble Fabric Takes Center Stage
a review by Roberta Smith
 
The Cooper-Hewitt show dwells largely in the gap between art and functional objects… There are extremes in size… There are also extremes in frivolity and function, some from the same source, as with Kathryn Walter. Ms Walter’s gray felt molding bulkily mimics the fluted and floral relief designs of the traditional ceiling molding… But her “Striations” wall, made of leftover felt built up in horizontal chips like shale, is a sound-proofing solution, and it recycles.


Interior Design, May, 2009
IIDA Awards: Leading lights
 
A review of 2009 International Interior Design Association Award winners includes the Museum of Tolerance Renovation by Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design which features the Wosk Theatre walls by FELT Studio.


Toronto Life, January, 2009
This Month - Art
a preview by David Balzer
 
By employing the versatile medium of felt in her work, Kathryn Walter brings to mind everything from the nitty-gritty of industry (where felt is used, among other things, to clean machinery) to the rarefied world of conceptual art (both Joseph Beuys and Robert Morris used the material). Walter’s new exhibit consists of vibrant quilts made from felt remnants. The objects suggest a merging of handmade and automated practices, underlining ideas of chance and uniqueness in both.


Globe and Mail, November 10, 2007
Felt Up
by Amy Verner
 
Kathryn Walter feels so strongly about felt she named her company after the material. Handbags are just the beginning at the FELT studio. She also makes lampshades, a tote for the fireplace, storage nests and wall installations for internationally influential architects… Felt has currency in residential and commercial environments alike.


Blueprint, November, 2007
More Reasons to Hibernate
 
FELT Log tote helps you get a handle on all your firewood and looks great by the hearth.


Philadelphia Enquirer, September 28, 2007
Felt notes
by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
 
Felt has become a perennial favorite in home decor. Why the staying power? Its ability to serve a variety of functions. Logging in: Get ready to fuel the fire (and store surplus wood) with FELT Studio’s handy Log Tote.


Toronto Star, January 20, 2007
Brighten your life with lovely lamps
by Vicky Sanderson
 
Rather than going to your local home improvement emporium for a new lighting fixture, consider a hand-made piece by a homegrown Canadian designer… Kathryn Walter's Hanging Pearl Lamp is made from die-cut waste material.


USA Today, October 13, 2006
Ever felt this way before?
by Mary Cadden
 
Naturally soft and pliable, felt is a snug fit for the home. Not only is it "cozy and warm," says Kathryn Walter, founder and artist at FELT, a design company based on the material, but "it is also organic." Her natural white two-tier shade is made from ½' thick wool felt stitched onto wire.


C magazine, Fall, 2006
Remnants
a review by Deborah Root
 
Kathryn Walter's performance installation seeks to reveal ephemeral traces of the past, reminding us that our memories are always provisional and contingent on what we are willing to see... If production has become a kind of religion, Walter reminds us that there is always a working body at it foundation.


EYE Weekly, February 23, 2006
Rooms of Their Own
What is Behind Alternative Design?

a review by David Balzer
 
Walter's contribution is a tongue-in-cheek, partly anthropological take on felt..."I like the idea of taking the model of a company and doing something different with it," says Walter. "The private sector doesn't always have to be corporate - there is a possibility for critical, interesting work there that's concerned with more than just the bottom line."


Chatelaine, February, 2006
Soft Touch
Trends in Home Accessories

by Karen Eull
 
The felt that designers use today is made based on an ancient technique of matting fibres into a dense, durable fabric. Designers love that it is strong and flexible - perfect for creating a range of products. Best of all, felt is made form wool, which is a natural, renewable resource.


Canadian Architect, September, 2005
Checking In
The Gladstone Hotel Invites the Art and Design Community to Give it more than a Facelift

by Leslie Jen
 
Kathryn Walter's virtuosity in the properties of felt is expressed in an entire wall composed of an ordered grid of highly tactile grey felt semi-spherical bubble tiles, enhanced by the presence of a felt-covered chair and felt lamps casting diffuse light throughout the room. This soft and inviting absorptive environment creates a cozy womb-like capsule, not unlike an elegantly padded cell.


dwell, October, 2004
Green on Green
Sustainability 101 by Amara Holstein
 
We've come a long way from the days when sustainability meant ugly and inefficient. On the following pages, you'll find a plethora of goods that have perfectly reconciled earth-friendly features with innovation and style... Kathryn Walter established her design company to maximize the sustainable potential and sculptural qualities of felt...


Style at Home, February, 2004
Felt Goods
Seen and Noted by Mara Subotincic
 
Thick, flexible and cosy, felt has been saddled with a blandly utilitarian image. In the hands of today's hippest designers, however, this material has been dusted off and revitalized in stylish new incarnations for around the home. Surface Chair, Hanging Pearl lamp by Kathryn Walter/FELT


AZURE, January, 2004
Surface Treatment
Design File by Jordan MacInnis
 
Yabu Pushelberg's choices reflect a trend toward wallcoverings that are rich with possibilities. Thin layers of upholstery, leather and carpet are being applied to walls, lending public spaces the intimate feel of private rooms. Pictured: Rippled felt wall surface, used as a central wall in an office, was designed by Johnson Chou and Kathryn Walter


North Toronto Post/The Village Post, December, 2003
Arts Round Up
ROM exhibition review by Julie Greco
 
Walter became interested in working with felt in 1997 when, as a curator, she began researching the material and put together a book on felt for the Textile Museum of Canada. She quickly became interested in felt's sustainability as a renewable, recyclable fibre in addition to its aesthetic value. "Now everything I do is tied to felt" she says.


Saturday Night, October 17, 2003
Take a Chair
Style review by Jocelyn Laurence
 
We all own more chairs than we do any other item of furniture. Fortunately, they serve the purposes of both utility and decoration. A good chair is not only comfortable but also pleasing to the eye, much like the chairs on the following two pages... Includes: Surface Chair by Kathryn Walter/FELT, Eglinton Chair by Scot Laughton, Gehry High Sticking Chair, How High the Moon Chair by Shiro Kuramata, 2.4 Chair by Omer Arbel and Niilo Chair


Globe and Mail, June 28, 2003
In time for Canada Day
11 of Canada's design gurus pick the country's iconic objects from a cookie to a felt bag

 
Rachel Gotlieb says, Walter created a design that is clean and simple but oh-so-stylish partly because of its triangular shape and partly because it's pink (with grey trim)... Her novel application of this industrial material gives the bag that extra pizzazz... Best of all, when I carry it, no matter where I am, strangers and friends admire it and pay me the compliment that I have great taste.


Canadian Interiors, March/April, 2003
It's about the Design Show
review by Julie Allin
 
Canadian designers were in the forefront of the fifth annual Interior Design Show in Toronto...New this year was Studio North, a showcase of the work of 24 Canadian designers/makers and artisans. This was arguably the highlight of the show.


Canadian House and Home, September, 2002
Modern design meets age-old material
in the work of FELT designer Kathryn Walter

a profile by Samantha Sacks
 
Visual artist and designer Kathryn Walter gives one of the world's most ancient fabrics a modern twist with FELT - her ultrasleek line of homewares and purses. Walter has elevated what is arguably the first man-made material into the most up-to-date environs with custom chairs, log totes, pillows, hearth rugs, handbags and more. FRAME magazine


FRAME, May/June, 2002
Of Zen Retreats and Porno Shafts
a review by Carly Butler
 
The New Landscapes exhibit at the Design Exchange featured prototypes that addressed issues of sustainable design. Here we saw an exciting variety of creative solutions including Kathryn Walter's seductive FELT armchair. National Post


The National Post, April 6, 2002
Designed In Canada
an exhibition review by Tracy Picha
 
In New Landscape: Design Transforms Canadian Furniture, the pieces reflect the lighter, flexible and more playful design that has begun to shape furnishings for office and home. "The industry is smaller, leaner and more sophisticated in its design and more innovative in its use and choice of materials" says Rachel Gotlieb curator of the exhibition.


Tandem, March 24, 2002
A Modern Take on an Ancient Form
a profile by Mark Curtis
 
Walter likes the idea that her company is based on a material rather than a product and that this starting point allows her to move in different directions. She uses industrial felts and the geometric designs of her products create a modern sensibility for a fabric that was created when, as the legend goes, shepherds lined their sandals with sheeps' wool.


Globe and Mail, February 16, 2002
Show Highlights
a review of the Interior Design Show

by Karen Von Hahn
 
Textile artist Kathryn Walter's use of humble industrial felt for everything from ottomans and carpets to bags and pillows is modern, innovative and artful.


MUSE magazine, Winter, 2001
The Felt Experience
a workshop review

by Rebecca Duclos and Kathryn Walter
 
Culture and industry found common ground in an educational experience that was truly felt.


Parachute, Spring, 2000
2000
an exhibition review by Caroline Langill
 
Wandering through the exhibit with its vignettes and artifacts relating to Canadian history one is struck by a common cultural dependence on this fabric and the way it has insinuated itself into our lives.


Globe and Mail, October 16, 1999
Deeply felt
an exhibition review by Gary Michael Dault
 
A New exhibition at Toronto's Museum for Textiles looks at the uniquely Canadian heritage of that most humble of materials.


Elm Street, Fall, 1999
Fashion Folder
an exhibition review by David Livingstone
 
It's ironic that in the last several seasons leading into the new millennium so many clothes have been made from cloth with the firm, matted, drapeless feeling of felt, which is among the most ancient of materials. However, irony may turn out to be but a cheap thrill compared with the complex of meanings explored in the exhibition at the Museum for Textiles.