Orion’s Belt – Hand Felted Wall Art
Amy Sunshine Designs – Contemporary embroidery, hoop art, and felted home décor. This listing links to my shop on Etsy where you can see what I have in stock. If this item has been sold, ask me about creating something similar. I am open to custom made orders! Click on the Shop on Etsy button to visit.
A CELESTIAL CONSTELLATION
This is a one-of-a-kind collage made from hand-felted, hand-dyed wool. I made the fabric by wet felting, a careful process of laying out raw wool fleece, wetting it, and gently massaging it into a solid sheet. Eventually, the fabric takes on more strength and solidity. By the end of the process, I was literally throwing the felt against the floor, shocking the fibers into a solid form.
What accounts for this magic? Wool has microscopic scales that open up when it‘s wet, and agitation causes the scales to tangle and interlock. (If you’ve ever thrown a sweater in the washing machine and it came out half its size, that’s a form of felting. Try not to do that again!)
Once the wool was felted, I was able to being dyeing. The rich colors and patterns on this wall hanging were created by repeated hand dyeing— first with the background color, then additional colors were added using various resists to create the stripes and other surface patterns you see.
Now – finally – the material was ready to cut and stitch into a collage, which I mounted on a background of upholstery fabric.
This work measures 21” x 29” .
It was exhibited in a show of my work at the prestigious gallery of Peter’s Valley School of Craft in New Jersey. Now it’s for sale!
I want to make you smile!
All my work is infused with color and a bit of whimsy.
These days, I’m charmed by vintage photos. Don’t most people look grim in antique portraits? That’s because they needed to sit still for the camera. But I’ve collected rare images of people having a great time. Across all these years, they can still make us smile.
You’ll see that spirit in my hoop art, which combines photo transfer with embroidery, beading and touches of antique lace.
My colorful felt pieces are all hand felted and hand dyed. They are truly a labor of love! I have to create my own fabric from raw wool – and then dye it several times – before I can even begin a design. (Whose idea was this?)
I also make custom pieces. Want one of your own photos transformed into a one-of-a-kind work of art? Commission me to create personalized wedding, engagement, anniversary, or birthday gifts. Or browse through my existing pieces and find one that speaks to you. Let’s talk!
This listing links to my shop on Etsy where you can see all that I have in stock. If this piece has been sold, I may be able to make you something similar.
Amy Sunshine Designs
I am a fiber artist who has studied across the U.S. It is my deepest hope that my art will make you smile. In this world of technology and isolation, we forget that we are really all connected - across continents, and across time. I love finding vintage images of people from the past who have something to teach us today. And I love finding whimsy and joy wherever it may arise. My works draw on images from many eras of people having FUN. The materials have been gathered from across the world, with an emphasis on highest quality. Hand-made materials beat machine-made every time. I like to incorporate found objects into my work, and I especially like to play with the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy. For example, many of my hoop photos are embroidered in the background and realistic in the foreground - or vice versa. My felted pieces are very different from my hoops, and you won't see anything else like them on the web. Maybe this is because they are so labor-intensive: before I can begin to create a piece, I first have to create the felt from raw wool, and then dye it several times to make patterns. The felt collages are embellished with embroidery, knitting, and sometimes even rug hooking! Please browse around and let me know if anything strikes your fancy! Warm regards, Amy