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Felted Fibre Bowls

One of the joyful objects I get into making are the fibre felted wool bowls, they attract almost anyone with the fibre texture, bright candy colors, and dense mass of the item in hand. I always joke around “holds water for about half a second” “great for things like keys at the front door, or rings on the counter” something soft and useful.

To make the Bowl, I use a dry felting method around a form, then a vigorous wet felting, shocking the ball of wool in ice cold water at times, then when still wet, I snip it with very sharp scissors to release the form inside. Once released, I stuff my hands into the centre and wet felt again vigorously with very soapy hot water while pulling and tugging the opening of the bowl. Once pleased with the shape, I set to dry. Then, more “dry” or “needle” felting in the accenting colors – adding a design for decoration.

The needles used are very sharp, with barbs that catch at the wool in the process of stabbing the item in the  making… over and over again. It is a relatively enjoyable task to make this art, calming and delightful.  As 2017 swings into summer, I am doing the work towards starting a new business where teaching my tricks, knowledge, with ability to share with entertainment & ease for my audience.  Stay tuned, for opportunities to win amazing things if you offer me your feedback.  Gratitude in Abundance L.W.Wilson

Artist Card Orange Bowl

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Playscape Landscapes

As the gnome requests are filled, and having now made hundreds of the little playful wool fiber sculptures, the playscape became an important design feature to develop. To offer a one of a kind landscape for the gnomes to play in has become most enjoyable as each are so unique. The playscape initially was to offer a safe place for the wool sculptures to play without distressing the fibers too much. Some playscapes that feature a cave entrance as shelter for the gnomes and woodland friends, are designed to hang on the wall as art when not being engaged in story / play time – the cave becomes a pocket for little felted friends to sleep. The mushroom circles and houses are very popular and a joy to make. I am now designing a tree stump house that folds out and will act like a portable toy when all closed up. So exciting – when complete will post pictures :O) find more on my instagram account under artistleahwilson.

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Motorcycle Meditation Maintenance & Amazing Owls

Making Wool Felted Owls is so rewarding, what a joy these compact little birds are. Each is so different yet so much the same, it all starts the same… a ball, some wings and tail feathers….  the little details really pop – loving the color combinations and simple expressions and powerful cuteness.

These images are from the latest photo-shoot at Flickering Goddess in Crawford Bay, B.C. – Instagram account: artistleahwilson follow for more felted emporium updates:O)

As a multidisciplinary artist who is sculpting wool, photography and the art telling story through media really came to life with this new project:

Motorcycle Meditation Maintenance and Amazing Owls

Who- are You? Who - Who??

great mystery book title...

Bird on the Move.

Its Owl in Perspective.
Owls got a ticket to ride, with Flickering Goddess reflecting  – in the sun, how fun!

Fairy Owl Friends

with Fairy Friends
Owls on the Wing
owls in deep thought
owls of deep thought

August Owl 1

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Road Trip to Kimberley B.C. and the Snowdrift Cafe

Enjoying the spring weather and taking the amazing gnomes with me where ever I go.  Taking photos and making social media content with them has become a bit of a fun adventure. Taking walks and driving a bit further down the road to get the interesting settings or just the right light – has been amazing and really sparking my interest in the media arts all over again.

I love how people are enjoying the gnomes, coffee shops are the funnest so far – the reaction people have and the interactions the gnomes have with the environment – always a photoshoot with the beans – and always a candid shot with the staff – so fun! For more pictures check out my instagram series under artistleahwilson. Its all about the gnomes :O)

There are a few pictures from the drive home… more fun and amazing gnome moments to follow, stay tuned.

Visiting the Snowdrift Cafe in Kimberley B.C.
Visiting the Snowdrift Cafe in Kimberley B.C.
Snowdrift Cafe in Kimberley B.C.  home away from home.
Snowdrift Cafe in Kimberley B.C. home away from home.

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Guess where this is...
Guess where this is…
Finding a set of amazing rail way tracks off the highway - a perfect spot for a gnomespirational photo shoot.
Finding a set of amazing rail way tracks off the highway – a perfect spot for a gnomespirational photo shoot.