RONEL JORDAAN IS A TEXTILE DESIGNER WHO CREATES FELT WORKS INSPIRED BY NATURE
Learn about the beautiful and fine art of working with felted wool from a self taught expert who’s original designs playfully and eloquently echo organic forms and textures.
By 2003, Ronel Jordaan already had 26 years of experience in textile design. It was a defining year because, it was then that she became interested in the possibilities of using felt as a creative medium.
Entirely self-taught and following her own creative instincts, Ronel began to turn fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms and is today a master of the medium, making pieces ideal for keeping warm during winter.
“The process of felt making is taking sheep’s wool and cleaning it. Then the process that we use is called wet felting. What you do is take the fibers, and lay them in a warp and a weft, hot soapy water and friction. So it’s basically rubbing and fusing the fibres, until it becomes like a mesh and tightly matted into one another. You mesh the fibres until it becomes a very strong fabric and with that fabric we can create many different variations of products. It’s infinite what you actually can do with it,” comments the textile designer and product developer.
Consistent with being inspired by nature, Ronel is deeply committed to being Eco-conscious, with pieces for both inside as well as outside the home. Her products are proudly South African and all their pieces are hand made from 100% Merino wool.
We admire how patience, passion and persistence have set Ronel Jordaan apart in her field, expertly creating her proudly local collections.