A felt installation at KeyArena
To artist Janice Arnold, felt is both a process and a product. The process is creating non-woven fabric from fibers, usually woolen ones. The product is what she calls “an expanding universe of textiles, with limitless potential.” Arnold, whose studio is in Grand Mound, Wash., has researched and worked with nomadic tribes in Central Asia and Mongolia, studied felt’s uses in technology (like sound abatement and vehicle interiors) and created otherworldly environments such as a stalactite ceiling for Cirque du Soleil and a palatial yurt for the Smithsonian. Her 1,500-square-foot installation in KeyArena, Chroma Voyage, is part of Seattle Center’s Next Fifty art program.
Photo by Nate Watters.