Stunning, Vibrant Felted Slippers by Irina Ugrinovich
I was recently stopped in my web browsing tracks by these lively, exotic, magnificent slippers —
and I just had to pause and appreciate their intracies and detail.
I marveled at the person who would create such gorgeous art on slippers, and tried to decide which pair was for me!
But I couldn’t keep them all to myself, we had to share them with our Felting Friends around the world.
So please, allow me to introduce you to Irina Ugrinovich.
Irina lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Since she discovered felting, she says it,
“…became my huge passion and it takes all my time, therefore we can say I am a full-time feltmaker.”
“My huge passion for nature, animals, traditon and also my sense of detail led me
to discover this unique technique of wool treatment- felting. Since then I am completely in love with it.”
As with many feltmakers, Irina’s felting studio is at her home.
She feels fortunate to have space to create her felting studio there and that it meets her needs.
“I am still working on it, slowly find what is necessary for my work and design every piece of furniture in there.
Probably every feltmaker would say that a really big desk is the most important part of any felting studio.
The rest is a question of individual needs, I would say.
I found very useful big pull-out tray under the desk, where I store my wool, silk…”
As if we couldn’t guess from her etsy store, we asked Irina what is her favorite thing to felt?
“At this moment I enjoy to felt slippers as It was the original idea I was enthusiastic for and also the reason why I started to learn felting.
But I am so in love with this unique technique – felt and material – wool, that can not help but slowly
discover its endless options and diversify products I do. Slippers, scarves, gloves, low shoes can be find on my e-shop pages,
but hopefully in close future also bags, hats and other clothes.”
Do you practice other art as well? If so, what mediums do you enjoy?
“Yes, I am very artistic person even though very practical realist.
When I was a child I used to paint a lot, but it was long time ago:) anyway,
last years I started to embroider canvas, in particular Icons.
My grandmother was a professional in embroidering,
she was my big example to follow. Nowadays I do not practice any other art than felting,
at this moment it infuse me all and completely.”
Do you have any tips for other felters to make high quality felt works?
“Well, I am still learning, but the most important is not to stop practising – this is the only thing,
which can help you to improve your skills, thus the quality.
Learn to feel the material, make experiments, do not be afraid of making mistakes!”
How long has she been felting? …All of 6 months.
“I started on October 2011, so it has been almost half a year already.
I learned on my own, mostly through internet (blogs, videos, articles, photos…)”
Wow…6 months and this is what she makes! Truly, Irina is an artist who discovered the versatility and the magic of felting wool.
Thanks so much to Irina for this interview and to her kind daughter Jevgenija for translating and taking the photographs.
We are so happy to know you both and wish you great success, fulfillment and joy in your endeavors!
You can visit Irina’s Etsy store here:
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