FiberArtbyWendo

Fiber Art by Wendo, handmaiden canada

Prescott, Ontario | 111 Sales

FiberArtbyWendo

Fiber Art by Wendo, handmaiden canada

Prescott, Ontario 111 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars (16)

Announcement   Over the past 30 years as I traveled in my career in animation, I gleaned an acute awareness of the tactile nature of textiles. I took many classes in embroidery, pottery, batik, bead stringing and making and finally in Berlin I found the art of felt making. In 2002 I made the decision to focus less on my animation career and more on my fibre art path. I have continued to explore all the joys and trials of being a fibre artist, but I do jump back into animation when something wonderful comes along. I worked on the Disney feature "The Princess and the Frog" and, more recently I had the opportunity to work on Kung Fu Panda 3. I continue to try out new things...using wire and different textile mediums to further push the boundaries of all things woolie!

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Last updated on 07 Apr, 2016

Over the past 30 years as I traveled in my career in animation, I gleaned an acute awareness of the tactile nature of textiles. I took many classes in embroidery, pottery, batik, bead stringing and making and finally in Berlin I found the art of felt making. In 2002 I made the decision to focus less on my animation career and more on my fibre art path. I have continued to explore all the joys and trials of being a fibre artist, but I do jump back into animation when something wonderful comes along. I worked on the Disney feature "The Princess and the Frog" and, more recently I had the opportunity to work on Kung Fu Panda 3. I continue to try out new things...using wire and different textile mediums to further push the boundaries of all things woolie!

Wendo Van Essen

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I make Vegan Taxidermy where no animal is harmed.

Over the past 30 years as I traveled in my career in animation, I gleaned an acute awareness of the tactile nature of textiles. As I moved around the world, I studied with a Korean embroidery master and a Thai batik spirit cloth maker, learned how to dye saris in Singapore and finally in 2001, in Berlin I found the art of felt making. This coincides with the reduction of traditional animation in the world....it was either go back to school and learn computer animation or try something else.
And man! did I ever love creating with felted wool. I took a one week wet felting class with Maggie Glossop in Almonte Ontario and was smitten! I find that my job in animation has been a large influence on my work. I like to create whimsical sculptures in wool. I use the technique called needle felting to poke and tease wool fibres in to place, whether it's a landscape or a 3 dimensional character. A few years after I started Feltmaking I got lured back in to the traditional animation world and working on Disney's 'The Princess and the Frog'. I believe I did my best work on this film and I SO enjoyed jumping back into the drawing on paper world! That was in 2009 and then in 2012 I got to work on Kung Fu Panda III....There aren't many of us old fashioned hand-drawers left! Never say never....I'll jump back in if there's another film out there!
When I started making larger pieces out of wool, I would make a wire armature as a base....so I decided to take a wire sculpture class at the Haliburton School of the Arts a couple summers ago...Suddenly I realised I loved doing just the wire...and have been creating among other things, wire fish, life sized does and flying dragons with copper mesh wings. I have been hesitant to sell these on ETSY as they are large and particularly difficult to ship!
Lately I've been dabbling with sculpy and different wax mediums to harden elements of my wool sculptures...sloth toenails for example...and Koala bear noses....I'm always looking for different ways to express myself...in fact, I've fallen in love with rug hooking too....I use my wool fibre and the textures are gorgeous!

So here's a brief description of what needle felting is and the amazing properties of wool.

Felt is a fabric made from animal fibres, usually wool, which have been arranged in layers and then subjected to moisture and pressure.
Each wool fibre has scales protruding from the fibre...somewhat like Velcro hooks in miniature. When these fibres are wet and pressure is applied to them they will interlock and become matted together. The longer the process of motion and pressure is continued the more dense the felt becomes. Felt can be made thin and flexible by laying out less layers or thick and dense by working many layers of wool for a prolonged period of time. It can be made flat, textured, three-dimensional or into hollow shapes. The possibilities are endless.

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    Over the past 30 years as I traveled in my career in animation, I tried all textile crafts and in 2001, I found the art of felt making. My job in animation has been a large influence on my work. I like to create whimsical sculptures in wool.

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Last updated on 14 April, 2016
Thank you for visiting my shop! I've been a member of ETSY for years now but finally I'm able to really focus on my felted fibre art and send it out in the world!

This is a one-of-a-kind piece. I would love to create a custom design for you..I can do any animal (or person for that matter) and I love a challenge!

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REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES
All items are final sale. No returns or exchanges. Having said that.....
DAMAGE CAUSED BY UNFORESEEN ACTIONS: I've heard some truly horrifying stories of dogs ripping my fibre art to pieces; of cats dragging them off to the basement; of kids ripping them in half...if anything like this ever happens, please send the piece back to me and I will fix it. You pay the shipping and nothing else. My work is guaranteed to last a very long time if taken care of properly.
I want you to be totally happy with my creations!
Payment
I take all major credit cards, paypal and Square payments. Once I receive payment your order will be shipped to you in 1-3 business days.
Shipping
SHIPPING
OVERVIEW: I typically ship Canada Post in Canada and the US. I ship Mondays -to Fridays...they are not open on the weekends. ....Most packages will ship small parcel (5-6 business days)

INTERNATIONAL: I am happy to ship any item internationally. Please reach out for a quote!

COMBINED SHIPPING: If you find a few items you love, feel free to reach out before placing your order for the best possible shipping quote.

DAMAGES/LOST ITEMS: If your item is ever damaged in the post(which certainly can happen) I will refund you in full once I have been reimbursed by Canada Post. You must also hold on to the item and all packaging until refund has been cleared. Please always contact me and I will begin the process of refunding from Canada Post. Please let me know before leaving feedback. I strive to make my customers happy!
DAMAGE CAUSED BY UNFORESEEN ACTIONS: I've heard some truly horrifying stories of dogs ripping my fibre art to pieces; of cats dragging them off to the basement; of kids ripping them in half...if anything like this ever happens, please send the piece back to me and I will fix it. You pay the shipping and nothing else. My work is guaranteed to last a very long time if taken care of properly.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS, TAXES and IMPORT DUTIES?;
Shoppers are advised that international transactions may incur import duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees. These costs may be payable to the carrier at the point of delivery and are the responsibility of the buyer. Please familiarize yourself with your country's laws for importing items.
I have ascertained that my felting kits and felted pieces are duty free to the United States...Yay!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in wholesale, please email me and we'll talk. I'm open to wholesaling and have done so successfully in Canada and the US