Japanese artist Yoomoo caught my eye some time ago. The combination of needle felt and fabric in each piece strikes a perfect balance. Although I tend to prefer animals like the charming goat gentleman pictured below, the human sculptures are equally wonderful. I particularly like the portrait of Frida Kahlo (also below) They are doll-like, but definitely not playthings. The sculptures have a mystique about them that keeps me coming back again and again.
Are You Ready For Adventure?
Where it really gets interesting for me though, are these cat sculptures. They appear to have sprung to life from the paintings of another Japanese artist, Higuchi Yuko. Or perhaps the paintings came after, it’s hard to say. Either way, it is difficult to believe that they were not created by the same hand. Like the works above, there is an intentional quality about each of the materials – even where they differ slightly from the paintings, the works complement each other in an undeniable way. I would love to see these pieces hung beside each other in a gallery setting.
Finally, I will leave you with just a couple more irresistible images:
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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.
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!