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!
I was recently invited to join the Etsy Plush Team! Of course I accepted and I’ve been having a great time getting to know the other plush artists and creating one of a kind minis for the team’s challenges. Joining me on the Etsy Plush Team are several other needle felt artists, so I am excited to show you some of their work in this month’s column.
Always Sugar Coated is the work of Chrissy Mahuna (you may also know her as Felted Chicken). She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently resides in Hollywood, CA. In addition to her wonderful needle felt artwork, she also works as a scenic sculptor for movies, theme parks, and musical performances. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.
Hine Mizushima originally hails from Japan, where she was trained in traditional painting. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC where she now works as a needle felt sculptor, crafter, and stop-motion puppet animation video artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and she has also produced a number of music video animations, including several for They Might Be Giants. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.
SquirrelMomma, aka Amy Williams, says “I make stuff to keep from becoming like the confused squirrel in the middle of the road who can’t remember which direction she was heading!” She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a former metalsmith. She uses needle felt to create one of a kind creatures that each have a story to tell. You can find more of her work in her Etsy shop.
Finally, here’s a peek at one of my own mini sculptures, created especially for the Plush Team shop. “Sugarbunny” was part of the team’s fall Day of the Dead challenge. Check out the Plush Team website and be sure to follow the team shop on Etsy for more one of a kind plush and soft sculpture!