Meet the work of The felted chicken by Chrissy Mahuna – Always experimenting, innovating, making mistakes, & expanding the craft of Needle Felting.
Here is a little about Chrissy:
After getting my BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002, I moved out to Hollywood to work in the Entertainment industry. For the past seven years, I’ve been working as a scenic sculptor on projects ranging from big budget movies like Land of the Lost (which I met my husband on) and Star Trek 2, to theme-park rides like Disneyland’s Finding Nemo and Little Mermaid, to large musical stage shows for performers such as Katy Perry, Elton John, and Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to my professional sculpting, I’ve been making and selling felted sculptures since 2008, going by the alias “The Felted Chicken”. Working with wool is the perfect medium for me because I love the playful nature of the final pieces, the soft and fluffy texture of the wool, and since I’m so bad at sewing, I can sculpt stuffed animals!
The Felted Chicken website also brings some cool tutorials and videos.
Today we feature the Wooded Woods dolls made by Kamila Mlynarczyk
Here is a little about the artist:
Making dolls, to me, is the natural progression of a childhood spend doodling away. I have spent my life drawing and sketching mostly whimsical and sometimes “a-little-out-there” characters. After realizing that I would never be happy leaving my characters on the page, and tending to enjoy the doodles and the process more then the finished polished work, I let them out.
I have been happily sculpting since 2006 and love to see my techniques improve and fingers grow more nimble with every doll I make. I love to gather inspiration by searching out talented artists and have spent a king’s ransom on fabrics, nicknacks and treasures to adorn my creatures and clutter my shelves.
When I sculpt, things just have a way of coming out by themselves, as if they are preexisting and just choosing to come out at the very moment I pick up a lump of clay. As I tickle faces and fingers out of the clay I weave and discover the life stories and anedoctes that define my characters, just like you and I have stories that make us who we are.
I am inspired by Aubrey Beardsley, Edward Gorey, Waterhouse, Art Nouveau, Klimt and by the great children’s book illustrators of the Golden Age-Dulac, Rackham and the such. I love to give my dolls a range of expressions and styles, I don’t like to be weighed down by convention too much.
Today we feature the work of Michele Lynch and her steampunk dolls.
Here is a little bit about Michele:
I’m like most artists, I’ve been creating something for as long as I can remember. I have explored many types of media and love experimenting with new things. Mixed media seems to be where my heart belongs. I can combine my love of painting, sculpting, adding found object all into one. The Steampunk Soul series evolved after I took a job with a corporation–the Soul Sucker.
Look at the miniature teddy bears made by Kimberly Hunt.
They are not only gorgeous, they are really tiny.
Most measure 5 inches. Made of viscose, some needle felted and some she adds the fur with tweezers.
Take a look at the work of Olga Burmakova and her textile dolls. They are tiny and ohhh so cute! I want them all.Wish I could paint faces like that!
Height 16cm, standing with support, and he knows how, when to give a certain position, sitting. He has a small lamp and an antique clock, with whom he does not leave. Arms and legs are movable (of buttons fastening) Made of artificial fur and good quality cotton. Painting acrylic paint, tinting and artistic oil.
Just want to do a bit of show and tell.
This week I worked on a felted purse. I like the results but of course the picture could be a lot better.I had this idea and wanted to make it fast so I knitted the purse with a loom. After felted I added the trees and leaves and needle felted and finally I made 2 needle felted birds and added to the purse.
Take a look at these little critters. Aren’t they adorable?
These soft sculpted animals are made by Lyudmila Donodina from Russia.
Most of them are made of viscose and move head, arms and legs. The face has some soft sculpting.
The teddy bear pals shown here are about 15 cm high.
Another post on the amazing paper art.
Jodi Harvey-Brown creates the elaborate pieces of artwork to emerge directly from the pages of the books which have inspired her.
She has carved some of literature’s most famous characters including Harry Potter, Bambi, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Every scene is handmade and protected with an ultra-violet finish.
The sculptures are wired through to hold them in place and each has a different story to tell.
High notes: A piece in tribute to Schonberg’s ‘The Lives of the Great Composers’
Can you believe these are made of paper? It is the art work of Kristi Malakoff, a Canadian artist. Everything is made of cut paper.
It is pretty amazing. Not exactly art dolls but really worth showcasing here.
I love marionettes but they are beyond my doll making abilities.
I need to give a serious try someday.
This marionette if from Sota Sakuma from Japan. This site brings some amazing marionette artists.