Among the Most Whimsical Forms of Art: Wild and Wooly Feltworks
Whether it be wood elves, dogs, or birds, Corbin Brashear’s felt works are best represented in the outdoors among the leaves, twigs, and moss as if that’s where they were created.
Brashear’s history with needle felting began in 2002. “I began making small sculptures of animals and elves and soon began stretching out and incorporating found natural materials into my work,” she says. “I love how working with different materials helps shape the form these sculptures take.”
Her characters’ faces have big eyes, long noses, and bear an expression of contentment that makes up her style. Her animals serve as adorable accessories to her elves or wizards, but they also are masterpieces of their own. Because of where she lives in the Siskiyou mountains, she has access to whatever nature provides her for her art.
“I am so blessed to live in the wilds of the Siskiyou Mountains and close to the Coast,” she says. “I spend summers living outside on the South Fork of the Smith River, where I was first inspired by the branches and roots that would be washed up and tangled together in winter storms and form intricately tangled baskets at the base of the alders…I am intrigued by these organic forms, and the stories of the land that these materials hold in their bodies. I strive to capture a bit of this wild spirit in each piece.”
Since Brashear got into needle felting, she’s noticed a rise in popularity in the medium. She says, “Needle felting has really surged in popularity over the last 10 years. I think needle felting is becoming so popular because it is so fun and rewarding. You need just a felting needle, a foam work surface, and some wool and you can create your own wonderful creations.”
Brashear’s work is no doubt fun and rewarding not only for herself but for the viewer as well.
Wild and Wooly Workshops
Sign up at wildandwoolyfeltworks.com
Dragons & Dinos. Oh my!
10:30 am – 4 pm, Saturday, October 27
Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 SW G Street, Grants Pass
Saturday, November 3
Mountain Meadows, 857 Mountain Meadows Drive, Ashland