Artistic Felted Expressions of Life
Jennifer Field is truly an artist of many talents, but she first caught our eye with one of her incredible needle felted roosters.
This Custom Felted Belgium Quail D’Anvers Bantam Rooster was both needle and wet felted.
It was a commission piece for a beloved rooster that had to be given away.
Jennifer shares, “Years ago I raised exotic chickens and I have been drawing, painting
and making glass chickens for 15+ years.
I used Living Felt’s gorgeous Merino cross felting batts with amazing results.
They have just enough variation of color and felt beautifully.”
“I start by wet felting a core and making a variety of wet felted sheets that will be cut and felted more to become feathers. I build the form and attach the feathers with needle felting. I forge the legs out of one piece of copper and make glass eyes for my smaller birds. I don’t use any glue to assemble, preferring to needle felt my pieces until they are very firm and sturdy.”
Jennifer has been an artist her “whole life” using whatever materials and mediums available at the time. She received a degree in Illustration almost 30 years ago and worked as a toy and fabric designer.
She has been making jewelry for the over 25 years and glass beads for more than 20 years.
“I have always been fascinated by felt, at first sewing felt soft sculptures, then knitting and felting/fulling bags, but I only started making felt [around 2010] when I took a workshop with a dear old friend from my glass bead making world, Gail Crosman Moore. She exposed me to wet felting and embellishing techniques. Having a background in sculpture I was drawn to the medium for making larger pieces. I started needle felting and hit the ground running. “
“I love the idea of making something from nothing. I love the process, the smell of the olive oil soap I use, and watching the fibers come together.
It is also a great break from making beads and metal work which requires fire and kilns and toxic materials.”
“I have always found birds to be appealing subject matter. I translated a series of glass bead birds I made into felted birds and chickens. So many beautiful varieties and colors. I have also found so many beautiful varieties and colors of fleece that have further inspired me. I am also passionate about gardening and flowers and like to create them with a combination of glass, felt and enameled copper.”
“I love to expose people to these wonderful mediums that have changed my life. My advice to people new to felting is to keep at it and push the medium. Watch lots of videos, read lots of books and then find what works for you.
I feel like I’m only just beginning!”
Jennifer teaches teach felt sculpture and glass bead making at a wonderful art center,where she also maintains a studio, in South-Western Maine www.SanctuaryArts.org