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8 Contemporary Textile Artists Who Craft Elaborate Sculptures From Felt

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Paolo Del Toro

 

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British “Fluff sculptor” Paolo Del Toro uses the needle felting technique to create huge masks and sculptures that depict mythical characters. Made using wool and foam, the artist’s creations often feature monstrous expressions and grotesque grimaces, inviting an unsettled feeling.

“It is my hope that the work I create challenges the viewer to examine the deeper nature of a subject,” reveals Del Toro. “By obscuring the boundary between beauty and ugliness, the safe and the dangerous, the inviting and the repelling, the familiar and the foreign, the graceful and the grotesque, we are forced to consider that one might also be the other. Through that notion, we are able to encroach further into the otherness of our dreams and imagination than we might otherwise fear to tread.”

Hine Mizushima

 

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When you think of stuffed animal toys, teddy bears and cutesy bunny rabbits might be the first characters to come to mind. However, Vancouver-based artist Hine Mizushima chooses a range of unlikely subjects to base her felt toy designs on. The stop-motion puppet animator, illustrator, needle felter, toy designer, and sculptor creates colorful hand-stitched squid, octopi, sea slugs, and other creepy critters, transforming them into surprisingly adorable characters.

Mizushima has turned many of her felted creations into prints which you can purchase on Etsy and Society6.

 

Eszter Burghardt

Contemporary Felt Artists

“Wooly Magma” by Eszter Burghardt (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Contemporary Felt Artists

“Wooly Ice” by Eszter Burghardt (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Vancouver-based artist Eszter Burghardt uses wool and colored lights to create miniature natural landscapes such as volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, and rivers. The series, titled Wooly Sagas, was inspired by the artist’s trip to Iceland. Instead of merely photographing or painting the landscapes, Burghardt has chosen to recreate them using wool. Each scene is made using Icelandic sheep’s wool, that has been hand-dyed and arranged by the artist. In real life, the scenes in her photographs are no bigger than the palm of your hand, but under a macro lens, they look just like vast, awe-inspiring landscapes.

 

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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