Since it’s cold out, I thought I would pay tribute to my favorite material—felt. It has been around since ancient times and is made simply by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, requiring very little technological expertise. It is truly the most amazing material because it is so darn versatile and can run the gamut in look and feel from soft and ephemeral to hard and tough. Take these two examples here from an exhibition at Cooper Hewitt last year called Fashioning Felt. After seeing this show, I have a whole new appreciation for crazy Joseph Beuys and his Felt Suit.

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