Please visit my shop page. Also, if you see anything in my gallery that is not in my shop page, send me an email to inquire on custom orders. Most of my pieces are sold at fine art shows in the USA. To get the best in person attention and to view from a larger quantity of work, I recommend visiting me at one of my shows. In person, I can do custom fittings and give you more details about the wearable art.
I usually ask for 8-12 weeks for each order, depending on the complexity of the piece. If you have a particular event in mind, I most likely can work with your schedule.
The inspiration alone can take months. My art pieces grow and evolve with time. It is hard to put an exact amount of time on anything I make.
I work mostly natural materials such as wool, silk and cotton. I use low impact dish soaps that are biodegradable. Sourcing materials from environmentally responsible producers and when possible, from local farmers, is an important business operating principal. One of my favorite felting tools is called the Palm Washboard from Heart Felt Silks and can be purchased here. See my felting in action video to see more of my felting process.
As an artist, I am always being inspired from all walks of my life and am most inspired by nature. The people I meet also inspire me. I think about what would look great on their bodies and what would suit their personalities. I am also drawn to past fashion eras and present-day fashion trends. Intricate costumes from film also inspire and inform my work. Felting is my form of expression, life passion, and livelihood. I communicate how I see, think, and feel through felting. I serve other people and make my impact on the world through this work.
After having nearly a decade-long career in Public Relations in Southern California, in 2012, I embarked on a year-long journey around the United States to learn how to organic farm. One of the farms I stayed at during that summer was a sheep farm in Vermont, called Vermont Grand View Farm. The owner of the farm was a remarkable woman named Kim Goodling, who was a shepherd and textile artist. Aside from the farm, she ran a bed and breakfast on the property, where she would host fashion designers from New York City and teach them how to felt. Kim introduced me to felting and I became hooked! Prior to my farm experience, I did have exposure to art in the home from an early age. My mother and grandfather both were professional painters and I spent a lot of time doing art in their studios. I always had a disposition towards art, and I didn’t consider the possibility of a career in art and fashion until I fatefully happened to be in the right place at the right time in Vermont. My introduction to felting quickly became a passion and changed the direction of my life. From the first time I felted wool in Vermont, I knew this would be my new career.
Please see my Events Schedule and Workshop Schedule. Pending work schedule, I can arrange some visits to my Salt Lake City, Utah private studio with advance notice.
I am mostly a self-taught artist. However, I am constantly inspired by other artist’s work and have invested in some great felting instructors who have introduced new felting techniques, namely; Anita Larkin, Gladys Paulus, Kim Goodling, Tylar Merrill and Sharon Costello.
Being the daughter and granddaughter of two professional painters, from a young age, I have always been exposed to and involved with art. I dabbled in painting, drawing and many other art forms and didn’t fall in love with any medium until I found Felting. Professionally, before felting, I worked in Public Relations and Marketing for the YMCA and other consumer and tech clients, most notable, Nintendo.
A very helpful book I read and continue to reference is “Uniquely Felt” by Christine White, who owns the New England Felting Supply in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This book is the “Felter’s Bible” and will lead you through many great felting projects and consult you on places to source materials. Also, the New England Felting Supply and Etsy have many great felter’s kits to lead you through your first project. Get involved with online forums for Nuno Felting and Wet Felting where felters at all levels share project ideas and knowledge.