Felt Fiber Art with Esther
  • Minceto, Genoa, Italy
  • 18 hours over 3 days

Felt Fiber Art with Esther

Explore the slow and tactile process of transforming delicate fibers into a hard felted design with master felter Esther while you enjoy the Appenino Mountains of Valle Scrivia in Liguria region of Italy.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $945
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $360


One Guest
USD $150
Additional guest(s)
USD $65

Meet the Artist

Esther is a fiber felt artist known for her three dimensional felt, sculptures and light objects. She grew up in Switzerland, moved to Italy 25 years ago, and lives in the quiet hills of Valle Scrivia, Liguria. When she first discovered felting, she fell in love with the possibility of transforming unspun wool fibers into clear, firm and resistant shapes. It was at a point in her life when she needed to renew, to return to the soil, to the natural environment and above all, to creating with her hands and creative skills.

Over the years she trained under master felters Inge Bauer, Lyda Rump and Beatriz Schaaf-Giesser. She experimented with installations, performance collaborations with other artists and land art. Then she began focusing on micro environments to become aware of the small, normal things that surround us with their beauty. This serves as constant inspiration for her creative work in the studio.

She says "I like wool and natural materials in my work because they are inexpensive, sustainable, re-growing and non-hurting. They are slow to grow, collect and work with." This slow process of crafting delicate fiber into a hard felted sculpture is a lesson in both technique and time – an interesting and challenging journey that shapes our inner creativity. She hopes to share a little lifetime and space with people from around the world knowing it is always an exchange and nutrition for everyone involved.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Understand the process of conceptualizing and designing felt art or sculpture.
  • Study the felting approach, techniques, create samples, and craft small to large objects.
  • For beginners; learn the basics of felting “the plane” and “the void”, and explore transparent qualities in felt.
  • For intermediate learners; learn nuno felting and how to include non felting materials.
  • For advanced learners; learn how to craft a little animal, or other 3D plain sculptures, or difficult 3D void shapes. Understand the process of creating this from start to finish.
  • Your own handmade felt objects or sculpture.
  • Outdoor fiber and felt session in the forest (if the weather permits).
  • One or more hikes to a special panoramic view point.

Stay at Esther's

Esther has a cozy guest room available in her home with a double bed, a balcony with a green view, and a separate bath and shower. The room and bathroom are small but comfortable. There are cats but they live strictly outside.

Explore Minceto, Genoa

The small idyllic Ligurian village of Minceto sits among the hills of Valle Scrivia, a forty minute drive from the port city of Genoa, the capital of Liguria in the north west of Italy. Minceto is a beautiful rural area of mountain landscapes and picturesque forests. The hills are covered with oaks and chestnut trees, and in autumn you can find mushrooms growing everywhere. This tiny Italian hamlet lends itself to connecting with nature, working with your hands and slowing down. The rural, hilly terrain allows for long walks and picturesque picnics with views of alpine fields and forests. There are several UNESCO world heritage sites accessible from Minceto.

Additional Details

This VAWAA can be extended for up to 5 days. Please ask when you submit your booking request.

Unfortunately, the studio does not have wheelchair access. There are cats, but they are strictly living outside. However, if you are allergic to cats, please bring suitable medication before you arrive.

Esther speaks German, Italian, Swiss German, English, and French.
Esther's Availability 3 days

Guest Reviews

  • Lindsay J., United States

    This was my first VAWAA and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was an amazing time! Esther is an excellent teacher: clear and patient. I had no experience or background knowledge of this material and I am leaving this VAWAA knowledgable and encouraged. Her mountaintop location is relaxing and peaceful, and studio is bright and inviting. Esther's various felt sculptural works decorate her home Read more