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.
* 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.
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.
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!
Odile Bailloeul (blog)
Victoriya Kozyr (website)
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!
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
Handmade by November
Presents with Paws
Two Sad Donkeys
For this month’s column, I’ve selected some of my favorite fantasy felt artwork. These are some of the most imaginative needle felt creations I’ve come across, full of wonderful detail and expression.
“My Arm Can Fly” is the work of artist Sarah “Wolfie” Strub. She creates one of a kind fantasy monsters like “Flox” and “Dream Snake” above. I love the integration of clay and mixed media into the felt sculptures. You can find more of her work on Etsy, plus some excellent process photos on Tumblr and Facebook. Links at myarmcanfly.net
Above are works from “Soranokobako” by artist Mamoru. My particular favorites are the curly-haired birds and unicorn pig! I only wish larger photos were available to see more of the detail. More at http://soranokobako.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ (in Japanese)
“Fluffy Fuzzy” is the work of needle felt artist Veverka. Her fantasy creatures are inspired by animals and nature. I’m completely charmed by the sweet smiling face of her “Garden Gnome”. For more, check out her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FluffyFuzzy
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s installment of Felter Skelter!