WendyM Fibre Artist – Wet and Needle Felting
Wet felting is the process of combining layers of wool roving into one flat piece of felt fabric using soap, water, and agitation. This is what folks think about as the traditional or oldest felting method. I felt my vases, pods and bowls using resists. A resist is used to make three dimensional objects from a flat pattern.
Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers. Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material called felt.
Whether through wet or needle felting, it is this denser material that is the product of my work. When ready, I wrap the finished piece around stretched canvas.
Elements; Nature is the most inspiring force imaginable. And here in Nova Scotia, we have been blessed with inspiring beauty. From the familiar sight of Peggy's Cove and all along the south shoreline, to the calm beauty of Gaspereau and the stillness of the valley with it's pastoral farms and wineries, to the magical beauty that is Cape Breton, which has created and inspired artists of every genre
Whimsy; A playful collection of wet felted pieces with interesting surface design elements. Colors, texture, unexpected design....it's all there!
Mosaic; A perfect cacophony of colors and textures combine to make each piece a one-of-a-kind work of art that will turn heads
I do all my work at home in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. Drop me a line if you're interested in any of my pieces, or if you have an idea to throw at me. I also love teaching and doing felting demos - give me a shout for a quote if this is something you'd like to arrange.
Location; Halifax, Nova Scotia
A knitting hobby started me down the felting rabbit hole. And my environment shapes the pieces that I create.
I’ve been knitting since I was very young – in fact, I remember creating my own knitted Barbie Doll clothes! As I got older, my love of knitting cultivated an extremely fine-tuned appreciation of wool –the colors of both natural and dyed wool, along with the types of wool. My craft room was overflowing with dizzying colors and multiple varieties of wool that were strategically hung on pegs, or artfully displayed in bowls and trays. A casual discussion with a fellow ‘wool gatherer’ resulted in a lost weekend of YouTube tutorials on Nuno and wet felting. Five years and numerous courses later, I’ve arrived at a place where I can confidently express myself and my love of wool through my art pieces.
While my love affair of color has never waned, it’s the natural, organic, elemental shapes and shades around me that bring me the most happiness. Here in Eastern Canada, we have the beautiful shades of the Atlantic – the blues, blacks and greens that are so familiar, yet can be so cold and mysterious. And our coastline with the crisp blue sky, white lighthouses, the sand, the rocks and the sea glass speak to the strength and resilience of nature. And of course, our fall colors beckon travellers from all over the world. The materials I choose for my pieces are also indicative of our East Coast attitude. While I cover some of my work with beautiful soft Italian Merino, the base and foundation of all of my pieces start with Icelandic, Finn, Gottland or Norwegian – all hardy breeds known for their strength and warmth.
From my seascape wall hangings to my mosaic work with coppers and oranges, all the colors of my world are represented. Strength, warmth, color, emotion – the East Coast is always a part of every piece I create. In fact, it’s my wish that as they leave my care and go to their ‘forever homes’, that they evoke the East Coast feeling in whatever corner of the world they land.