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I create animal hats in the stunningly tactile medium of felt. Carefully blending different wools and animal fibres, results in highly realistic colours and textures of our canine and feline friends and other animals too. I Originally hand felted varied dog breed inspired hats with their characterful ears after meeting all these wonderful beasts on my daily dog walks. Now stag antlers and curly ram horns have joined the collection alongside hair clip ears and bendy tails. I strive to create wearable art that is fun and fresh and that little bit different. 

My source of inspiration within nature is constantly evolving. Originating with my dramatic wave art, followed by cheeky monkeys and flamboyant flamingo wall art for kids'. I use soft natural merino wool with natural plant and animal fibres and also hand prepared Shetland fleeces. My individual method of felt making results in highly…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 17
  • Joined May 18, 2011

Favorite materials

Merino wool, felt, fibers, textiles, Jacob tops, Wensleydale, Bamboo tops, alpaca, curly mohair, Shetland fleece

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KarenRao
Fun Hand Felted Wearable Art!

About

I create animal hats in the stunningly tactile medium of felt. Carefully blending different wools and animal fibres, results in highly realistic colours and textures of our canine and feline friends and other animals too. I Originally hand felted varied dog breed inspired hats with their characterful ears after meeting all these wonderful beasts on my daily dog walks. Now stag antlers and curly ram horns have joined the collection alongside hair clip ears and bendy tails. I strive to create wearable art that is fun and fresh and that little bit different. 

My source of inspiration within nature is constantly evolving. Originating with my dramatic wave art, followed by cheeky monkeys and flamboyant flamingo wall art for kids'. I use soft natural merino wool with natural plant and animal fibres and also hand prepared Shetland fleeces. My individual method of felt making results in highly colourful, stunningly tactile works of art that are rich in texture and depth!

I completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Middlesex Polytechnic and went on to compete a BA(hons) Graphic Design at Newcastle Polytechnic. I had lived in London all my life specialising as packaging designer working with the relationship between creative typography and illustration, colour and texture.

One day we packed our bags and moved to Brighton! The sea has always held a special place for me and actually living by the sea, being with it every day is refreshing and stimulating. It was here that my love for the waves really inspired me. The process of feltmaking was revealed to me while attending a children's art day with my kids at the Brighton Museum. We returned home and together created a large scale felt wall hanging for our living room… and my passion grew from there resulting in a series of powerful and dramatic seascapes. I liken the process to painting; much thought is given to the laying down of colour and fibre as I step back to view its progress.

Now I enjoy passing on my experience to others, so more people can discover and enjoy the art of felt making! I run workshops in schools and after school clubs creating whole class wall hangings and short 'Introduction to feltmaking' courses. I has run hugely popular workshops at large events such as The Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the Brighton Science Festival, many local events and children's parties too. "I love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art."

The uses of felt are endless, so too is the learning process which makes the nature of felt making so unexpected and so rewarding.


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