Fiber Art

Three Felt Pelts, June 2016
Fiber art is a big part of life here at River Oaks Farm and Studio.  I skirt and wash the fleeces after shearing. The washed fleece is sent out to be processed into roving, combed top, or batts. I use the processed fiber for my projects.

Nunofelt ecoprint on Bluefaced Leicester felt backing. 2017

Detail of Ecoprinted nunofelt, 2017

Ecoprinted Nunofelt scarf, 2017

Medium printed Nunofelt vest, 2017

Ecoprinted nunofelt lampshade, 2017
Cobweb felt lampshade, 2016

Ecoprinted cobweb felt lampshade, 2017

Work in progress, 2011

Bluefaced Leicester jacket, 2017
Nunofelt vest, 2010
As a longtime visual artist, the addition of fiber as an art medium has been a gateway to all kinds of opportunities for creativity -- felting, spinning, dyeing, knitting and quilting -- so many ways to use wool!
Dyed Shetland Mule (50/50 Bluefaced Leicester and Shetland) jacket, 2010
Felting is my passion.  Wet or dry, felting is so versatile and efficient.  No need to spin or knit when you can felt your wool into 2- and 3-D items to wear, display and use in your daily activities.
"Portrait of Lena", at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit in 2010.
I make scarves, hats, slippers, rugs, and 2-D wool paintings using natural colored and hand-dyed wool from my flock. I like to incorporate silk in my scarves and hats.
Sticks and Stones community felting experience, 2010.
I love to share the magic of felt with others. This is a photo of a community felting experience at the Sticks and Stones Art and Cultural Festival held in Mora during September, 2010. Attendees made pre-felt which I then used in the creation of my first rug. Here is a link to a short video taken that weekend -- Sticks and Stones Felting Video from 2010 

And here's another link to my 2010 public art research and development grant project through the East Central Arts Council and Forecast Public Arts: