DeLisa Eads-Wager will be creating her unique felted sculpture in 3D at the Arkansas Craft Gallery Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 13-15 from 10 to 5. She leans towards the unusual, weird and wonderfully fantastic, playing with animals, faeries, gnomes, witches, and the make-believe. “I love watching my pieces of art come to life in my hands. They all have distinct personalities of their own.”
Paper, fabric, lace, wool, roving, paint and sometimes even clay, plastic, metal, beads and bobbles come into play in her sculptures. She says “I am a hands-on Fiber Artist! Anything textile fills my head with possibilities and my heart with desire. As far back as I can remember I have been artistic, always a crayon in my hand. Although, I have never had any formal training, it is probably a good thing, as I’m a rule breaker.”
Wet felting has been around for centuries but dry felting or needle felting has only been around since the 1980's. Needle felting is a process of using wool roving and interlocking the fibers together with barbed needles. The barbs of the needle catch the scales of the fibers and causes them to bind together. She uses this method to make shapes and forms combined together over wire frames to make highly detailed, poseable sculptures. While in the Gallery demonstration room Aug. 13-15 DeLisa “plans to have a large project that everyone can play with to get a feel for how the technique works. I will also have a few starter kits available for sale for anyone interested in learning how to needle felt. I also teach classes, so come play with me!”
The Arkansas Craft Gallery, just off the Square in Mountain View has been home to Arkansas Craft Guild members’ crafts since 1962, a cooperative fostering excellence in arts and crafts.