This piece was the culmination of Eli’s first semester in the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program in fall 2018. In this piece he is using the action of felting to build a multi functional interior felted landscapes, or “feltscapes”. This particular feltscape combines traditionally separate entities, wall-hanging, stool and rug, into a continuous surface that allows for a variety of engagements with the body. The viewer is invited to sit on the stump, feel the rug beneath their feet and immerse themselves in the the wall- hanging. The felting techniques used in this piece arise from a series of semester long material investigations. The desire to build soft and structural forms as well as to work with the Alpaca fibers and rug yarn he had on hand drove him to investigate techniques for incorporating structure into felted pieces. The structural felting techniques used here include blending fibers from different breeds of animals, using three dimensional felting techniques, and incorporating hard non fiber structural components. Felting is the art of entanglement which blends intentionality and creative chance. Through fiber and the action of felting the interior environment can be reimagined to create immersive functional spaces, and welcome permanent livable installations into daily life that embody a complete textural experience. As these pieces are interacted with they will continue the process of felting, shifting and changing with their surroundings.