painting with wool : botanicals



In this class you’re invited to experience the warmth and versatility of using wool as an artful medium. We’ll discuss the basics of needle felting and the techniques behind “painting with wool” and how to incorporate it into your home. We will focus on botanical wall hangings (bring a photo of your favorite plant or flower) on beautiful natural linen or felt fabric. These plant portraits are perfect for brightening a space in your home or adding pops of color to your gallery wall. You are also invited to bring other materials from your home that you’d like to incorporate needle felted wool into—thinner material without stretch and items like pillow cases, simple throws or small curtains could be used. Feel free to email Dani to inquire if a specific piece will work:

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Dani Ives is a self-taught fiber artist and founder of Good Natured Art. Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and science, which has an enormous influence on her work. Her enthusiasm for animals from an early age took her on a university and career path based in biology and conservation education, after which Dani worked as an educator at a zoo for ten years. During her conservation education career, she sought out hobbies to fulfill a need for artistic endeavors and stumbled upon needle felting. Over the course of a few years, Dani developed her distinct style of needle felting that she calls "painting with wool." With this style, instead of using paint and a brush, she uses wool fibers and a felting needle to create the effects of layering color, creating texture and depth. She strives to push the boundaries of this fiber art by creating animal portraits and botanical pieces that are packed with details and realism. Dani is currently working on her first book.