Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Miller



23
Mar
15

Owl Be Darned! Needle Felting Class Was A Success!

The other day, I taught a needle felting workshop at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. We had a good turnout of enthusiastic participants who learned the basics of needle felting in one whirlwind, three-hour class. For the workshop, I created a stylized owl and the group followed along, each felting their own owl.

The owl I made for the workshop

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Me setting up for the workshop

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During the workshop

Everyone did a fantastic job and put their own creative spin on the project. I’m super proud of my students and the amazing job they all did. Since the workshop was such a success, I’ve already got another one scheduled for May — where we’ll be felting a bear!

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A student’s finished owl!

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All the finished owls!

23
Dec
14

A Santa Claus For Mrs. H

Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa                                          I felted a Santa this year for my high school art teacher.  I can’t draw. Never could. And yet she worked tirelessly trying to teach me perspective, values and composition. Not many people have that kind of patience. But through all of my underwhelming experiments with 2D art, she continued to encourage me to find my creative spark. It wasn’t until years later when I started needle felting that all of her efforts finally hit home. I wanted to thank her for her encouragement, and a felted Santa Claus seemed like a fun way to do it.
Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa w BoxIn addition to all of her support in High School, more recently she was instrumental in my having a collection of felties on display at the Sewickley library in October (my first show!) and she talks up my work to anyone who will listen.  She was my all time favorite teacher. Not only because she’s so generous with her time and talent, but under all of that she’s just a really great person.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Santa and Bing This Santa is slightly different than the last Santa I made.  Oval eyes this time, instead of round (I thought the slight tilt made him look kinder) and his jumbo mustache might actually reach out farther from his face than my last Santa, if that’s possible. And since I can’t seem to run a photo shoot without one cat or another sticking their head into the mix, I’m including the photo of Bing the tabby sizing up Santa as a potential chew toy.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! And the Happiest of New Years!
There are more photos of Santa in the gallery if you want to check them out.

01
Nov
14

La Feltie De Los Muertos

RUn Red Run Day of the Dead Skeleton Dia de los Muertos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hate to see Halloween pass. Of course, as a Halloween is winding down, Dia de los Muertos is just getting started! Today we think of the Day of the Dead as a Mexican holiday, but the foundations of the holiday predate the arrival of Europeans in Mesoamerican by thousands of years. I can’t let the festival pass by without a contribution.  This year I made a little Catrina with a felted shawl and skirt and wooden coffin. I love making these little guys. It’s the detailing and ornamentation of the skulls the appeals to me. Overall, the day of the dead isn’t a morbid time. It’s a celebration to remember the loved ones we have lost. I think the art of the holiday is meant to take the fear out of death and maybe to remind us death is a just another part of life.
Go to my gallery for more photos of this little skeleton!

 

31
Oct
14

Happy Halloween 2014! Needle felted Charlie Brown Ghost.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had a little trouble with the scissors.” I wasn’t sure I’d have time to get this felted and photographed, but I wanted to do something fun for Halloween. And here he is. Good Ol’ Charlie Brown in his ghost costume. No matter how terrible the costume, no one should get a bag of rocks for Halloween. Come on, people!

I took a photo of the “sheet” without the form under it so you could see those were actual holes, and not just black spots felted on. There are a few more shots of Chuck in the gallery. Happy Halloween!

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29
Oct
14

Trick-Or-Treating Monsters (Needle Felted Fiends)

Run Red Run Needle Felted Skeleton Witch Ghost This time of year is crazy busy for me, with so many commissions coming in and gifts to make. But I couldn’t let October slip by without celebrating Halloween with some felties. The Witch and The Ghost were last year’s sculpts. But that little Skeleton guy? He’s actually something I started a couple years ago and recently found in my great big box of unfinished projects.

Based on a comic character designed by Vince Dorse, the little bag of bones is an honest-to-goodness monster who happens to enjoy Halloween just like a regular kid. I dug him out of his little cardboard coffin, cleaned up the fuzzy edges and got him ready for his big night. It was interesting working on him because I realized how differently I felted just a few years ago compared to my current process. He’s felted more firmly and, therefore, harder to make changes and alterations to.

There are more shots in my gallery. And stop back in a couple days because I’m racing against the clock to get something special done for Halloween.

 

 

 

01
Oct
14

Sewickley Public Library’s hosting a Run Red Run Needle Felt Exhibit!

I was asked by the fine folks at the Sewickley Public Library (http://sewickleylibrary.org) to display my fiber sculptures, and I jumped at the chance. A small exhibit of my felties will be on display at the library for the month of October. And since October means Halloween, I’ve included a generous complement of my needle felted monsters, creeps and trick-or-treaters.

This is the largest collection of my felties in one place — besides my work room — and I’m excited to see them featured among the books that inspired many of them. While some pieces are not for sale, others will be available for purchase. Twenty percent of any sales made through the library during October will be donated to the library. If you’ve never visited, Sewickley Library is a great public space, cozy and classic, with a full schedule of community events, local art displays and lots of space for catching up on your reading. So remember, this October, Reading Is Feltamental (wow, sorry about that one).

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29
May
14

Surprise! Happy Birthday Cow!

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How fun! I was invited to a surprise party recently. Last year, the birthday girl’s husband had commissioned Beauty & The Beast felted dolls from me for their anniversary, so I figured I couldn’t go too wrong if I felted up something cute for a birthday gift. Since she loves cows, my decision was easy. The surprise party went off without a hitch (she really was surprised) and the cow went over big too.

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