Ainigmati

Needle felted animals and custom pet sculptures

Porter, Maine
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Announcement    My waiting list is over 18 months long and I have decided to stop taking new orders so that I can focus on catching up on my list. If you have an order in with me already I thank you for your patience. Feel free to contact me anytime for an update on its status. If you would like to be notified when my books open again you can sign-up here: https://mailchi.mp/3f3834bbc2d9/notification-when-commissions-open

As always folks can follow my works in progress on my Instagram and Facebook pages. Thanks so much!
https://www.instagram.com/ainigmati_studio/
https://www.facebook.com/Ainigmati

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 3, 2022

My waiting list is over 18 months long and I have decided to stop taking new orders so that I can focus on catching up on my list. If you have an order in with me already I thank you for your patience. Feel free to contact me anytime for an update on its status. If you would like to be notified when my books open again you can sign-up here: https://mailchi.mp/3f3834bbc2d9/notification-when-commissions-open

As always folks can follow my works in progress on my Instagram and Facebook pages. Thanks so much!
https://www.instagram.com/ainigmati_studio/
https://www.facebook.com/Ainigmati

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About Ainigmati

Sales 1,627
On Etsy since 2010

Do not grow old...

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” ― Albert Einstein

As a little girl my bedroom was overflowing with stuffed animals and Breyer horses. My shelves overflowed with books on dog breeds, nature and wildlife alongside my sketchbooks filled with drawings of them. I loved biology, anatomy and art (especially sculpture) in school and I always looked forward to the next field trip to the farm or science museum. As a child I raised a puppy, had pet rats and a hedgehog. My first job was training horses at a stable. Now I have a small farm nestled in the mountains of western Maine and most of my time is spent tending to my animals and observing the wildlife that is so abundant around me. I get so much enjoyment from felting animals because through it I am able to express my appreciation for nature and bring back the feeling I had as a child, when the world was simple and animals could talk.

Using my hands to create beautiful and useful things is central to my life. I have been drawing pictures for as long as I can remember and I still love to take out my sketch book and doodle from time to time. I’ve also tried my hand at oil painting, watercolors and hand spinning yarn. I even worked as a carpenter for a couple years and I still get a lot of enjoyment from the odd home improvement project. Whatever the medium, I’m never happier than when I am creating something with my hands!

So now I needle felt lifelike miniature animals with wool from my own sheep. I am completely self-taught and I hand dye many of the colors with plants from my garden and the forest around my house in Maine.

Ainigmati ( pronounced ah'ee-nig-ma-tee ) is a Greek word that means darkly, a mystery, or literally an enigma - a riddle or unanswered question. This word explains the philosophy that motivates my work. Nature holds much that is half revealed and we ourselves possess a hidden mystery.
I offer a glimpse of the mystery I see behind reality.

'For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face... '
Biblical scripture

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  • Hannah

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I am a quiet, shy person who is most happy when making something with my hands- be it anything from carpentry to oil painting. I always derive a great deal of pleasure from trying new art forms and creating beautiful things.

  • Noelle

    Creator

    Noelle is my mom, my best friend, and fellow needle felting genius. She makes the horse portraits and a few other special pieces from time to time. She raises dairy goats to make cheese and shares the delicious milk with the whole family.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
I welcome you to my shop and I hope you enjoy what you see! Making art is my expression of what I value in life and I am glad to share it with you. I always enjoy creating custom items.

Each felt comes nested in its own gift box with care instructions.

All payments and deposits for custom sculptures are non-refundable.

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