Erlynne Kitagawa of Dog Island Fleece
For my work, I use a single needle which gives me the precision and control I need to form and sculpt pieces. Many of the animals and figures I make are formed over a wire armature to allow for moving parts and posing the piece.
After more than 15 years, I still find the felting technique and the inspiration for subjects, unendingly fascinating, and continue to learn more about the whole design process.
The material itself, natural wool fiber, lends itself so well to rendering the animal forms and other figures; it so easily captures the textures and natural colors. One of the techniques I’ve developed over the years, is blending and thinly layering different colors and shades of wool, to achieve more subtlety and depth.
I am always open to requests for custom work and requests. Many designs were initially developed from customer input, which has proven to be such a rich source of ideas.