Felter Skelter – Functional Felt

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This month, I’d like to highlight a few pieces of functional felt artwork. The utilitarian aspect of the sculptures featured in this post is a reminder of the humble origins of this medium, but make no mistake – function takes a back seat to form here! These sculptures are both lovely and strange and I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do.

Galina Blazejewska Octopus Purse Galina Blazejewska Frog Purse

These are two animal purses by Polish artist Galina Blazejewska (more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/galafilc). Fully realized sculptures in their own right, they are also hollow so that items can be carried inside. Her octopus pieces feature a clasp atop the head, but her fish and frog designs incorporate the clasp into the sculpture itself, serving as the creature’s mouth. I think the odd combination of animal and bag is interesting – do they evoke an innocent love of animals, or do they make a statement about bending nature to our will?

Susanne Karg Felt for Cat Conch Susanne Karg Felt for Cat Nautilus

Can you guess what these pieces are used for? No? Here is a hint – they are from German artist Susanne Karg’s shop Felt for Cat (https://www.etsy.com/shop/feltforcat). That’s right, they are cat beds or “cat caves”! Each piece has a large hollow interior for your cat to crawl into and enjoy. My particular favorites are the seashells pictured above, because I’m tickled pink imagining a cat’s head poking out of the shell like an enormous hermit crab. But all that aside, these cat beds are beautifully constructed with wonderful attention to detail. I don’t think you need a cat to appreciate them!

Rae Stimson Kitchen Hat Rae Stimson WWII Hat

Brooklyn artist Rae Stimson creates wearable landscapes out of felt, like these two incredible hats. The first is a kitchen scene that puts me in mind of The Black Lodge in Twin Peaks. The second is a detailed landscape scene depicting a WWII battle in which tiny Panzer tanks destroy a bridge. These pieces are moments frozen in time and the act of wearing one literally “on top of mind” gives them a significance and weight that would not otherwise be present. Find more of her creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RaeStimson.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to submit your portfolio for the column! As you can see, the possibilities are endless, so happy felting!

Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on dreams and visions. She lives and works in New York City.

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