Needle felting is the act of interlocking fibers by stabbing them repeatedly with a barbed needle. The barbs catch on the fibers and cause them to tangle and bind to each other or onto a canvas. Creating one of my "wool paintings" can take hours of work and literally thousands of stabs from start to finish – sometimes gently poking with a single fragile needle and other times pounding the canvas with scary, medieval looking tools. My obsession with needle-felting started when I began to wonder how old Japanese woodcuts might look made of yarn and fabric, because I thought the colorful kimonos and cartoon-like faces might be fun to re-design. As a self-taught artist, I'd grown up making intricately appliqued coats and tapestries on my simple sewing machine and have always had a passion for the textile arts. As I began gathering supplies for my new project, I discovered a tiny shelf in the fabric store labeled “needle-felting". Intrigued, I purchased a bundle of colored wool, a few needles, and headed home intending to incorporate them somehow. That was years ago. And now I'm addicted. What you see before you is a sample of what can be done with some needles, some wool, and an unending fascination.
To view available pieces, you can contact me or visit:
Riversea Gallery - Astoria, Oregon
Guardino gallery - Portland, Oregon
Mobilia Gallery _ Cambridge , Massachusetts
In addition, my "Extra-terrestrial Way of Tea" teapot is part of the collection at the Kamm Teapot Foundation.
- Art Doll Quarterly February 2012 Issue
- Fiber Art Now Magazine Spring 2013 Issue
- Felt Magazine December 2013 Issue
- Fiber Art Now Magazine Summer 2014 Issue