Heike Fink's Profile

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I am a felting artist originally from Germany, where my self-taught career as a self-taught has started about 6 years ago. I have been immigrating to Canada in spring 2006 and now live and work in Saskatchewan.
I am a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and participate in various arts and crafts sales and exhibitions in Canada and Germany.
I create sculptures, animals, human figures, fantasy figures, wall hangings, flowers, purses, booties, scarves, vessels, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barrettes, ponytails, rattles, juggling balls, balls, ropes, Christmas lights and various decorative articles.


A word about felting
The ancient art of felting instantly fascinated me, since the process of felting seems almost magic. I do wet-felting, needle-felting and nuno-felting. Those three different…

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  • Joined October 4, 2010

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About

I am a felting artist originally from Germany, where my self-taught career as a self-taught has started about 6 years ago. I have been immigrating to Canada in spring 2006 and now live and work in Saskatchewan.
I am a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and participate in various arts and crafts sales and exhibitions in Canada and Germany.
I create sculptures, animals, human figures, fantasy figures, wall hangings, flowers, purses, booties, scarves, vessels, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barrettes, ponytails, rattles, juggling balls, balls, ropes, Christmas lights and various decorative articles.


A word about felting
The ancient art of felting instantly fascinated me, since the process of felting seems almost magic. I do wet-felting, needle-felting and nuno-felting. Those three different techniques allow me to create a variety of artistic objects.

The traditional art of felting is done by wet-felting, where wool fleece is sprinkled with hot soapy water and agitated until a firm felt cloth is formed.

A more contemporary approach is needle felting, where wool fleece is poked with a special barbed felting needle which makes the fibres stick together to form a firm fabric, often
3-dimensional.

A special form of felting is called nuno felting, where wool fleece is felted into a fabric (mostly silk), with the result that it blends into the silk and forms one cloth.

Felting shows how a very old and traditional form of craft can be adapted into today’s contemporary lifestyles and by doing so a new perspective of this ancient art is developed.

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