This month I would like to introduce you to an needle felt artist I have followed for some time: Haley Nocik aka nocik!
Haley learned the basics of needle felting in 2013, and has since come to utilize it as her prime mode of artistic expression and animal rendition. The majority of her work is what one might call faux taxidermy: a realistic, vegetarian, interpretation of the art of mounted animal statuary. Haley also enjoys working with whole animal forms, cryptids, and more fantastic realizations.
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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!