Welcome to my felting world!
What started as a hobby has turned into my passion.
I have learned that blessings in life
can be transformational.
With water and soap, wool is altered, and it all comes out in the wash.
When fibers are refashioned, unique
beauty is created.
My nickname is Marzipan, and I am a mostly self-taught, Outsider Artist. I have loved fabric art since I was a child, when I created wall hangings from fabric swatches that my father brought home from his manufacturing plant.
For 13 years, I was the proud owner of the only paint-your-own-pottery studio in Philadelphia, PA, where children and adults were provided with opportunities to explore a variety of art media in a safe, positive and welcoming environment.
I had been wet felting for many years before I took the process to another level several years ago after the devastating loss of my son, Harrison. Felting has provided an unexpected outlet for my grief due to the physical and meditative aspects of this craft.
Wet felting is an art form in which natural fibers are exposed to hot soapy water, and a range of applied pressure transforms the loose fibers into a strong, cohesive fabric. Science and math are required to properly create textiles from loose fibers and to achieve the proper size of each project. I love to embellish my pieces with embroidery and beading to create one-of-a kind garments, jewelry, vessels, and landscapes.
The Origin of "Felted Stones"
When Harrison died, my family put a plaque in our family plot, designating his ashes. In Jewish tradition, when people visit a gravesite, they typically place stones upon the grave as a marker of their visit. Instead of using plain stones, I encased the stones I left for Harrison in rich, warm felt to memorialize his life–which was full of color–and as a nod to his uniqueness. When friends found out about this, they began to request felted stones for their loved ones.
Since then, family and friends have taken these colorful, interesting, and meaningful felted stones all over the world–a wonderful tribute to my son and a legacy that started my true journey as a wet felt fiber artist.