Heidi Paul has been involved in the craft world since 1994. Armed with a BFA (textiles) and various workshops with Chad Alice Hagen, Jean Hicks and Wayne Wichern; Heidi produces a line of handfelt wool hats and another of reclaimed cashmere wearables. In 2012 Heidi opened m a d e Contemporary Craft Gallery located downtown Stinson Beach, CA where she also keeps her studio. The gallery represents all mediums in craft and more than 50 artists including Heidi’s work. You can visit the gallery at 3448 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach, CA 94970. madecontemporarycraft.com
Discarded cashmere is disassembled and then redesigned into a one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. Many pieces are hand stitched and over dyed using a Japanese method of shibori dyeing.
As a feltmaker, Heidi does conceptual work as well as millinery. “With felt I often let the piece tell me where it wants to go, but as a sculptor I start a piece with an idea. My pieces are balanced by intuition, trust and thought, letting both the skill of my hands and the nature of the material participate.”
“I am a felter first and then I make hats.”
Heidi combines her art background and her training in traditional millinery to create unique hats. Each piece is hand felted with merino wool, hand blocked and lined.
Heidi teaches workshops in feltmaking. She instructs anywhere from one day to two week long workshops. If you are interested in reviewing a syllabus please contact her for more information.