I am Kim Nijsten, born 1975, women, wife, mother of 2 lovely daughters (born 2001 and 2003). I have a parttime job as a floristy teacher and in my other time I am a teacher in felting and feltartist.
I really LOVE to make felt myself. I think it is still magic to me as to how it comes into exsistence: the soft , loose fibers become a sturdy piece of felt after adding water and soap. Ofcourse that’s not all to get felt, it needs to be massaged, rubbed and yes, even thrown with. Beside felting I work as said as a floristy teacher to children aged 12-20 years old. Every class is different and it is nice to see these children feeling very proud about what they made with fresh flowers and natural materials.
Gardening is also something I love to do. Nature is a wonderful thing and I try to be as careful as possible with it, no spoilings if it is not nescessarry. I work with ECO friendly dyed wool, wool itself is composable and has many good properties. The shipping packagings are as much as possible recycled.
July 2005: first experiences in feltmaking myself (Sweden). When we came back from that vacation I started experimenting, trail and error, selfteaching at home. I was lucky to have a new colleque whom was a felter for a longer time, and she teached me many things. Thank you Angelika!!
September 2008 first fair with my felted crowns, Maastricht
October 2008: opening of my Etsy shop.
2008: “Reptiles” participating in a workshop given by Judith Pocs at “Wolwerkplaats Moeder Aarde” in Sittard
September 2009: offering small soap feltingworkshop at local fair “Bundermijt” Bunde
October 2009: “How to make a traditional shirdak” patricipating in a weekend workshop given by Annemie Koenen in Sittard
July 2010: “Felting a vest from Raw wool” given by Heidi Greb at the “Der Pott filz”, a four days felting seminar in Hattingen (Germany)
October 2010: particpated in an open house exhibition walk during the music and art walk “Harmonieus”. 20 artist showing off their works in their homes.
May 2011: participated in a group exhibition: Turbo 300 supermarket in Heerlen (NL) with young designers
May 2011: “Bandami fetitng” with Mari Naghi a 2 days workshop in St Augustin (Germany)
July-August 2011: invited to come and give feltingworkshops at the Tasara weaving centre in Calicut (India) learned Shibori and Batik there
September 2011: “nunofelting a dress with shibori techniques” given by Tatiana Sheverda from Australia, In Amsterdam (NL)
October 9th 2011: participating for the second time in the music and art walk “Harmonieus” in Bunde (NL)
I also give workshops at my home, on location and abroad. See for more info on the workshop page or contact me if you are interested.