“I love snowy owls. I live in Northern Michigan and it is always a treat to see them in the winter where I live, as they migrate down from the Arctic. Their beauty inspires me!”
– Karin Fish, Michigan
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Eastern Screech Owl, red morph, Sonja Oswalt
“One of my favorite things as a graduate student in Wildlife and Fisheries science was to go spotlighting owls at night. I got to see many of these little guys, and learned to hear and mimic their song. I don’t get in the field much now, but I love these adorable native birds.”
CW-1 Core wool, MC-1 batt in browns and greys, Living Felt corriedale wool
Sonja Weeks-Oswalt, Tennessee
We are so thrilled to bring you an amazing exhibit of felted feathered friends by members of our community and felting family. This week and next, we will be sharing wonderful felted birds in the newsletter, blog, instagram, facebook, and in our live broadcast Wooly Wednesday.
These felted works of art are all on display at Living Felt through the end of February. Some are for sale, please contact the artist directly to inquire about these works, or commissions. Those with a web presence are listed by their name.
What a precious family captured in pictures, and in felt.
“I had to say goodbye to my barn owl family, made on commission for a friend. These two “lovebirds” and family were in her brother’s barn and he captured this precious picture by leaving a video camera on. I think his pic should win an award! I hope I did them justice. I’m happy to say my friend loved them, and as usual, my hubby said, “I want that” so guess what I’m doing again! Hopefully it won’t take me as long the second time.”
– Linda Brodersen, Michigan
Judy Titche lives in Indiana and is a trained artist with a degree in painting and drawing. Her creative exploration, however, has moved her more toward 3D works which she really enjoys. Her felted animals and the rich colors and textures in her scenes are utterly brilliant.
“I have done a great deal of work in 3D mosaics. My current show at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is a combination of mosaics and fiber held together by the theme of animals.”
“I have always had a fascination with vintage fabric and needlework. I saw a photo of needle felted embellishment and I plunged in head first. I love to learn new art forms and I also like the challenge of pushing them to their/my limits. I like the little ”surprises” of wet felting and the variety of color in wool rovings. Needle felting is both a challenging and unique sculpting medium. I find the final form is also unique in its texture and detail.”
Judy considers “nature” to be her greatest inspiration. “Every day I am amazed at the beauty of nature. I think I captured some of that beauty in my baby duck piece, the Snowy Owl and the Cardinals in a Magnolia Tree.”
Judy shared that her greatest artistic challenges to date were around the felted snowy owl hanging in her current solo show.
“I think the Snowy Owl was the most challenging due to the armature I had to build to provide support for the life sized wings and body. Also the installation piece around the owl was quite challenging. My vision was to create an ethereal setting for the owl to be flying through. I was quite pleased with the final result.”
Next on her bucket list of “things to felt” is an installation representing several different jellyfish.
Judy offers encouraging words to those just getting started:
“Keep your eyes open and look, look, look. Train yourself to see detail and the numerous hidden treasures all around you. There are innumerable textures and color combinations that are awe inspiring. Use what you see as inspiration for your work.”
Judy shared her use of Living Felt Fibers and tools: “I use Living Felt core wool for most of my 3D work. I like the foam pads for needle felting and Merino wool for its softness and color variety.”
Besides her current exhibit, you can see more of Judy’s eclectic style in her etsy shop: ReZoom
We couldn’t let Felted Wild Life Week pass without sharing works from some particular members of our felting family! Erin Carlson of Fiber Art by Erin is another felter whose wild life sculptures continue to delight and to inspire so many!!
This Needle Felted Great Horned Owl boasts a 35″ wingspan and is 22″ tall.
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Tracie Zody of Sioux Falls, SD needle felted this crafty owl phone case for her 12 year old daughter. Tracie says that her daughter was always leaving her phone at home, be cause unlike her brothers, her daughter’s clothing rarely has pockets.
Her daughter designed it and Tracie made it: needle felted owl onto a heavy duty commercial felt background, cord is long enough to be worn as a purse or can be tied to wear as a necklace or belt…cool!