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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

I’ve seen felt used for many things and in many creative contexts, but as I am a fine artist myself, it always brings me joy to see felt in an art gallery. Below are some beautiful examples of fine artists making use of my favorite medium. Four artists with four visions, from narrative sculpture, to room-sized installation. Where possible, I’ve included excerpts from the artists’ own statements.

Nancy Mintz Nancy Mintz Nancy Mintz

Nancy Mintz, Lunation

“I have spent most of my creative life dealing with issues of identity and the environment. Utilizing ideas found in science, nature and industry to explore my own language to construct worlds I understand. Often I use different materials and processes to present a struggle between humor and horror, industry and nature, the individual and the group.”

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Minami Kawasaki, Home Sweet Home

Three rotund, pink puppies cuddle on a comfortable looking cushion. They are undoubtedly cute, but also more than a little strange. Two puppies seem to sleep, one’s mouth lolling open, while the third stares disconcertingly back at the viewer. I wasn’t able to find a website or any more information about Kawasaki, but you can see a few more photos of this piece here.

Claire MoynihanClaire MoynihanClaire Moynihan

Claire Moynihan, Moth Balls & Bug Balls

“With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt. She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections. Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as ‘pests’.”

Rowland Ricketts Rowland Ricketts Rowland Ricketts

Rowland Ricketts, Fields of Indigo &  Immanent Blue installations

“Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design.” His Fields of Indigo installation, a collaboration with sound artist Norbert Herber, leads visitors through the making of indigo from farm to dye. This process is integral to his art and textile design practice.

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

In this month’s column, I would like to show you some wonderful and wearable needle felt creations. Much of the artwork I feature here is sculpture, probably because that’s what I make, but I love to see how others are pushing the boundaries of the medium and wearables are a great example of that. Below, you will find images from four artists who use needle felt to create and embellish jewelry and accessories. Not only are these beautiful examples of needle felt, they are also fabulous, fashion-forward statement pieces – the perfect addition to any fiber art lover’s wardrobe.

Misswoolfelt MisswoolfeltMisswoolfeltMisswoolfelt

Zany Days Zany Days Zany Days Zany DaysZany Days

Nozomi CraftsNozomi Crafts Nozomi CraftsNozomi Crafts

Lithe-Fider Lithe-Fider Lithe-FiderLithe-Fider*

* I realize the last photo is not actually wearable, but I couldn’t resist! This sweet giraffe is a mixed media fiber sculpture, made with needle felt, batik, lace, and free motion quilting by Nyssa Benthin of Lithe-Fider.

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Zoe Williams

Zoë Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on spirits, sacred creatures, and dreams. Her work is concerned with the intersection of the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. She lives and works in New York City.

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

I’ve spent a lot of time on the fauna of the woolly world, so this month’s column is dedicated to the flora. Vastly outnumbered by animals, felt plants are like a rare treat. Some of the photos below I’ve been saving for a long time, while others are new discoveries. Although some of these are not strictly needle felt, I think that you will agree that they are among the finest felt flowers, plants, and mushrooms around!

 Felttess FelttessFelttess

Felttess (Etsy)

MafizMafiz Mafiz

Mafiz (Etsy)

Odile Bailloeul Odile Bailloeul Odile Bailloeul

Odile Bailloeul (blog)

 Victoriya Kozyr Victoriya Kozyr Victoriya Kozyr

Victoriya Kozyr (website)

The Fiber Florist The Fiber Florist The Fiber Florist

The Fiber Florist (Etsy)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s column. Are YOU interested in being featured? I’m always happy to review needle felt artwork (of any subject). Happy felting!

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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

Happy Holidays! I’ve gathered some of my favorite holiday needle felt creations for this month’s column – I hope that you enjoy them. Here’s to a wild, wonderful, and wooly year, and see you again in 2015!

Felt Me Up Designs Felt Me Up Designs

Handmade by NovemberHandmade by November

Kit LaneKit Lane

Presents with PawsPresents with Paws

ShishLOOKdesignShishLOOKdesign

Two Sad DonkeysTwo Sad Donkeys

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