“In a way, I use nature’s life cycles as a metaphor for understanding our own life with all its ups and downs.”
My background is in furniture making and fiber arts but for the last fifteen years I have been focusing on creating sculptural felt work. In my first few weeks of graduate school, I fell in love with felting and the unique characteristics that wool has to offer.
Wool can be transformed from fluffy, shapeless tufts into strong, three-dimensional forms by just using water and friction. I lay down layers of wool on two sides of a resist (like plastic bag material) and slowly work the fibers together using a bit of soapy water and lots of arm strength. Once the wool fibers are connected, they can never come apart and that is when I can start shaping my forms into three-dimensions
My inspiration usually comes from a melding of ideas about nature’s processes, human emotions, and the beauty of nature’s forms. In a way I use nature’s life cycles as a metaphor for understanding our own life with all its ups and downs.
It has become a passion of mine to share the magic of wool. I teach workshops at various art centers around New England and sometimes internationally. I also exhibit my work in shows both nationally and internationally including solo shows at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA and Kaleido, in Uppsala, Sweden. I am honored to have my work published in 500 Felt Objects, The Worldwide Colours of Felt, and various fibers magazines.
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‘Beauty In Loss’, felted and dyed wool forms installed on the wall
‘Mutualism’, felted and dyed wool forms installed on the wall
The finished piece called ‘Determination’
Kristina laying out wool fibers for the felting process
In the studio, dyeing the felted forms
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