Long ago, I felted as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. It was an extracurricular, haphazard one-off affair, involving dance and snow. It was so different from the colorful weaving that drew me to textiles, but proved too confining. Exploring other fiber arts, I made a series of mixed media headdress sculptures for my senior project. Afterwards, I took millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and did some freelancing in costume shops.
However, the enchantment of creating went into dormancy while I pursued other day-jobs and parenthood. Serendipitously, in 2011, I saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair which led to finding a library book on wet felting hats. It was my eureka moment: a craft which combines my love of colorful fiber, with my passion for hats.
Each piece leads to further creative and technical explorations, using the simple combination of Merino wool, soapy water, and my hands. Wool is lightweight, water-resistant and insulating – truly a magical fiber, that marries painting with sculpture!
Now, energized by the natural world, fairy tales and fine art, I create wearable art hats that are useful, comfortable and flattering – to give a wearer Felt Happiness.