This month’s featured needle felt artist is Maria Filipe Castro.
“I am a Toy Designer from Matosinhos, Portugal, where I live and work. I’ve graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto in Sculpture. While pursuing my personal artistic style the appeal of textile materials was such, that I’ve never felt the need to apply any of the traditional sculpture techniques learnt during my studies. Since I’ve discovered needle felting in 2012, It became my favorite medium to work with. Food and nature are my favorite subject. Under the name “droolwool” I create “delicious” and funny characters, that are inspired by cartoons and the kawaii style.”
Check out some of Maria’s sculptures below!
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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!