Beyond The Fiber: About The Artists

Sigrid Bannier

FELTing  - my passion

In the first year of the new millennium FELT wool tickled me for the first time. With success!
Various textile techniques have already crossed my way, but FELT makes me feel at home and accepted. Many things convinced me - the ingenious simplicity of its manufacture, the three-dimensionality without seams, the cutting without fraying edges, the various surface textures, the bright coloration … and … and … and …
So today I still create hand-felted jewelry, hats, clothing, interiors such as bowls, lamps, vases, curtains, rugs, blankets, cushions but also bags, fashion accessories or even fabrics for tailoring.
I am sure that there are many more fields to discover in our world of felt, fields we haven't even thought about.

Natalya Brashovetska
Born in Ukraine and have been living in Cyprus over fifteen years. I have always been creative and was making clothes even when I was a child.
Currently, I work as a medical theatre nurse during the day and felt making occupies nearly all my free time. I am a self-learner. However, I have been also attended master classes which help me to polish my felt making skills developing my style and own technique which I have been teaching in various European countries.

Linda Illumanardi

Linda Illumanardi was born and raised in the mountains of Vermont, toddling behind her grandmother reciting the names of local weeds, flowers, and trees. Now in California, she does the same thing with her 3 grandsons, basket in hand, gathering gently leaves from trees that become the content and design of her books, fabric, and ceramics. Linda began eco-printing on paper, to accompany her handmade book designs (artist book limited edition Otis College, Los Angeles, CA 2001, published in Lark 500 Handmade Books, second edition, 8 collagraph plates).

Check out Linda's Workshops Here.

Justine Heinrichs

Justine Heinrichs is a felt artist and music teacher from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. An orchestra teacher for over 30 years, she discovered needle felting In 2017. She loves both 3D and 2D needle felting. Once she stumbled across animal portraiture on YouTube and there was no stopping her. She creates realistic 2D animal portraits with wool. She has done many commissions of beloved pets as well as a child's portrait. 

Kiyoshi Mino

I am a needle felt artist and organic farmer based in Central Illinois.In January 2011 I learned about needle felting at a farmer training program my wife and I attended in Massachusetts. I had never even heard of needle felting prior to the class but I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and wool is a perfect medium for sculpting them.

Check out Kiyoshi's Class Here.


Erin Whalen

Erin is a long-time fiber artist who enjoys crocheting, spinning, weaving, needle felting and wet felting. She has been needle felting for over 7 years. Several of her needle felted dolls were featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine last winter. She has also won several Reserve Champion awards in the Design Competition at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.  

Most of all, Erin loves teaching others. She has taught workshops at the Midwest Fiber Frolic, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and also teaches private workshops. Erin is an experienced and patient instructor and welcomes students of all ages and skill levels. She is also actively involved with Maker Faires and was recognized with a Merit Award at the 2018 Milwaukee Maker Faire for having an informative display and hands-on activities in her booth.

Check Out Erin's Class Here.