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Felter Skelter - Needle Felt Art Inspiration

Welcome to Felter Skelter, your essential guide for needle felting inspiration and ideas!

One of the best things about needle felting is how is inspires creations that put a smile on your face. Whether it’s the softness of the material, or the meditative quality of the process, there are so many wonderfully wistful woolly creations out there, and at Felter Skelter, we’re going to focus on this genre to add a bit of felty fun to your life!

We have brought this previously published post (first published in early 2013) to life…what on earth is dream felt ?

In this month’s column, I would like to profile an artist who, although we have never met, I consider to be something of a kindred spirit. Susan Aaron-Taylor creates sculptures based on dreams, archetypes and the collective unconscious. When I discovered her work several years ago, I could hardly believe it – here was another artist working with felt and interested in Jungian psychology. I’ve been following her work ever since, and now I am pleased to give you a glimpse into her dreamscape.

Dream felt in the form of work by the artist Susan Aaron-Taylor Wapiti-Pot
Susan Aaron-Taylor – Wapiti-Pot
Susan Aaron-Taylor Dachshund
Susan Aaron-Taylor – Dachshund
Susan Aaron-Taylor Terrier
Susan Aaron-Taylor – Terrier
Susan Aaron-Taylor - Rubedo
Susan Aaron-Taylor – Rubedo

Susan Aaron-Taylor is based in Detroit, where she is on the faculty at the College for Creative Studies. Her work is very much dream felt; she chooses materials that are at once natural and alien, her subject matter simultaneously familiar and strange. Not surprisingly, I am particularly attracted to the animals, but I also appreciate the fragmented, chaotic quality of some of her pieces. It evokes the struggle to remember and reconnect with the dream world after waking.

The creatures that populate her world are very different from my own dream animals, but I think it is fascinating that there are places where our worlds intersect. Jung called it the collective unconscious – a system of archetypes and symbols common to all people – and I think the intersections reside there.

You can find more information and images on her website.


What Technique Is This?

Needle Felting is the process of using a notched or “barbed” needle to compress layers of wool into denser felt that can be manipulated to create 3D sculptures. It is different to wet felting, which uses water to combine wool fibres, and these days there are a range of felting tools available that can enable you to make your own soft sculptures with ease!

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Zoë 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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