Flóra Carlile-Kovács shares her rich cultural history and builds community through her Hungarian felt tours. Because she is a Fiber Art Now partner, we’re able to get the back story. Enjoy!
In one of my workshops in the Pacific Northwest, my students came up with the idea that I should organize a Felt Tour to Hungary, as I am a felt artist and instructor, and a native of the country. In this tour, they could learn from the amazing Hungarian felt masters, and also, travel in the country with like-minded people, try our delicious foods, visit Turkish baths and historic sites, antique- and contemporary craft markets, and wonderful places no guide books even mention. This dream soon become true; I led my first Felt Tour to Hungary in 2016. It was so well-received, that I offered two Felt Tours in the spring of 2017, with different focuses on the workshops and in different parts of the country.
In the East-Hungary Tour, we visited small towns of the Eastern part of Hungary, and took 3 one-day and 1 two-day workshop from world-class felt masters. These were project-oriented classes that build on one another, and featured various felting techniques both in 2D and 3D designs. Participants made small and large objects; these included a bottle holder with nomadic design instructed by Mihály Vetró, 3D home decor instructed by Márti Csille, felted jewelry instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs, and a prefelt pillow cover instructed by Gabriella Kovács. It speaks for the instructors, that both beginner feltmakers were able to succeed in the classes and advanced students could still learn a lot!
In the West-Hungary Tour, we visited some wonderful historic sites of the West side of Hungary, took 1 two-day workshop and 1 three-day workshop from internationally recognized felt masters. Both the felted bag with woven inlay instructed by Vanda Róbert and the sculptural hat instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs workshops were advanced felting projects, but even those who decided to take their first felt workshops just prior the tour (to get the most out of it), succeeded!
These tours have become much more than just a guided tour for me. It has become my mission to introduce outstanding Hungarian artists, craftsmen, amazing people and places to my guests, and to give a personal insight of my home country in just twelve days.
To get the itineraries and more info about the 2018 Felt Tours, or register, please email me (email@example.com). Hope to see you on one of the tours!
Thank you, Flora, for sharing your tour and your rich cultural history! Please consider joining one of the next tours in 2018!