Ukraine-based studio Manooni creates adorable needle felted sculptures with sunny dispositions. From a cheerful pair of acorns to a cloud hugging the crescent moon, each piece exudes cuteness and love of life.
Olha and Hanna Dovhan handmake all of these plush sculptures through needle felting, which involves “stabbing” wool fibers until they lock together and produce a firm, round shape. In this way, they craft satisfyingly minimalist characters, who feature simple geometric bodies, wide-set eyes, and small smiles. Instead of attempting to be realistic in their art, the Dovhans make creative characters that capture the essence of their real-life inspiration and look charming doing it.
Although Manooni's studio is currently based in Lviv, in Western Ukraine, the Dovhans have family members and friends still living in the Zaporizhzhia region, which is now occupied by Russia. As a result, the two sisters are now using their artistic talents to help raise money for Ukrainians in need through their Patreon.