A dozen articles to amaze and inspire you.
Closing out the year with a dozen creative articles.
Sharing twelve artsy articles to juice up your creativity:
- Street art.
- A sculptor turns a fallen tree into a sculpture.
- Super Converse kicks!
- The truth about corsets.
- What happens when Helen Keller goes to a dance studio? No, I’m not making a tasteless joke. Martha Graham was a friend of Keller’s.
- This one might make you cry. It’s about the death of a mother. Skip it if you must.
- Amazing award-winning quilts.
- If you have the ability to snap a picture of your pet doing something silly, you may want to enter this contest next year. If not, you can still enjoy this year’s finalists.
- Pages from a Zentangle sketchbook.
- Shipping containers never looked so good.
- How a unicorn makes music. (Because I’m dedicated to bringing you all the unicorn stories I can.)
- Quirky ceramics and a podcast.
Your latest installment of beauty and creativity, just in time for your weekend enjoyment:
- More beautiful quilts from Utah.
- Fashion photography on location.
- Beautiful murals.
- Gorgeous paintings of animals.
- Lovely zentangles.
- Do you have your own unique sense of style? Maybe. Maybe not.
- What do you look for in a traveling companion?
- Crazy coincidental dressing.
- I’ve read three of these bestselling books of summer, 2017, and found one more I need.
- What would it take to get you to look out your train window?
- Light show.
- Cars and legs.
Are you ready for a baker’s dozen doses of inspiration?
Thirteen articles to inspire you.
Pretty things to see. Creative stuff to do.
When my brother Bill visited from New Jersey last month, one of the places I took him was the Phoenix Zoo. Here are some highlights:
What’s on the little island? Storks?
An ibis, I think
I pleaded with this peacock to spread his tail, but he would not cooperate.
My camera battery conked out before we saw the giraffes, one of my favorite animals at the zoo.
Wildlife photography? No. Look again. This hare is a needle felt sculpture.
I didn’t know that was a thing. But apparently it is, because Etsy is full of them. Here are some more:
Lion mama and baby.
Before I show you more examples of these realistic needle felt animals, I ought to clarify the process used to produce them. Kenya Finley, one of the artists who creates animals like these (including the dog pictured above) explains, “These little critters start off as a bit of wool fiber or ‘fluff’. Special barbed needles are used to poke the wool fiber hundreds and hundreds of times until it begins to bind together and is then sculpted.” Some of the animals have wire framework inside. They aren’t toys–they are collectibles, artwork. Many are very small (sometimes the photo includes a human hand for scale), so when you see the prices (all are available for sale–linked to their info on Etsy.com–just click on the name below each photo), realize that the cost reflects intensity of labor, not size. Some of the artists also make sculptures of pets from photographs.
Barn owl family.
Candle mouse, acorn mouse.
Now we are switching gears altogether. The rest of the animals in this article are sewn from wool felt, rather than sculpted from needle felted wool. Some of the animals below are sold already made; others are available as kits, and downloadable directions are available for the rest.
Felix the Fox.
Kangaroo mama and joey.
Once I started looking at these creatures online, I couldn’t stop. The frog, the raccoon, and the fox in the suit are what first caught my attention. I found the others when I did a search on Etsy for felt animals. I love the cat, the crow, the mice, and the aardvark.
What about you? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.