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The Art of Felting Interview and Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is from Daria, who’s Etsy shop is called The Art of Felting. Her shop is full of such wonderful, magical creations, all made from wool. Let’s get to know Daria a little better.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
About myself shortly:
Born in Minsk (Belorussia) I live in Israel. I’m a Mother for three adorable daughters 7, 5 and three year old, studying in Waldorf
educational system. I work mostly with natural fibers (wool, silk and others) and the field of my activity is quite wide, for I create
tapestries, dolls, felted animals and different items for natural tables. It’s hard to say what my favorite is.

What inspires your creations?

I draw my inspiration from the world around me, observing my kids and their friends, from studying the Steiner legacy. Sometimes I
wake up with a ready image in my mind and feel necessity of creating it. One of the most important sources is found in the costumers’
orders and feedback.
How do you balance your family life with creating?

I’m busy all the time with my family and my art. My art is a part
of my life as my family is. My kids play with toys I’ve made and run
natural table with felted items.  Thus it’s hard to say how I balance
it, it comes naturally as breathing.
When did you start creating?

Art was always a big part of my life. I was painting sculpting and working with clay trying, to express myself in different artistic
mediums. I was introduced to the world of felting through the Waldorf community. The kindergarten, which my elder daughter started visiting, did not allow storing bought toys so I made her one, then another one. Next thing, I was making all her friends toys too. Little by little it became not only a hobby, but also a business.
What thoughts do you have for parents on natural toys for creative play?

According to Waldorf education is very important to develop kid’s imagination. The knowledge and experience he/she will purchase with the years, but the importance of childhood is to keep and support the source of creativity by playing with natural toys which inspire imagination.
Today Daria is giving away this needle felted Waldorf King Winter-standing doll-soft sculpture. King Winter is a relative of Santa. Sometimes they come together, but more often King Winter comes earlier and stays longer. The presents he gives are much less personal: white frost decorating the windows in your room, the snow banks shining in the rays of the cool winter sun, and festal white clad trees.

Here’s how to enter;
Visit The Art of Felting and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

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We will choose a winner randomly on September 15th, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

 
Julie Hunter is a single mama raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

32 thoughts on “The Art of Felting Interview and Giveaway

  1. I just love her creations! The autumn fairy is just gorgeous. . .

    Andrea
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ziezoDesigns

  2. I’m a follower of the NaturalKids blog

    Andrea
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ziezoDesigns

  3. oh, her work is just breathtaking! i love the green dragon the best!

  4. I love all of Daria’s work it is almost impossible to select a favourite, I love the mother and child (with the purple dress) I don’t see them in the shop now but I also love the forest children with the toadstool hats.

  5. wow! Fantastic works!! They are amazing!

  6. I love her needle felted red squirrel! What talent!! Wow it looks positively lifelike. SO beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Absolutely stunning work and impossible for me to pick one favorite! i love the Needle Felted Waldorf Forest Acorn family and Little Wood House, the Dragon and all the owls. i love it all! So talented!! Thank you for the chance!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  8. i didn’t see a follow button, but i subscribed to your emails. Hope that is what you meant. enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  9. i shared on facebook! tree tiemeyer

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  10. daria’s work takes my breath away. i like to visit her shop often just to soak in the beauty. it would be impossible for me to choose a favorite but at the moment i am pretty enamored with the little acorn family and their wooden house. 😉

  11. I love the forest creature playscape! What a generous giveaway. Her creations are exquisite!

  12. I am a follower. 🙂

  13. Stunning work. I love the Native American

  14. I tweeted as @mumoffunkids

  15. I shared on facebook

  16. Following you on facebook

  17. So beautiful! I just love the playscapes,

  18. I’m always drooling over her creations! The felt pictures are out of control gorgeous!

  19. Everything in Daria’s shop is amazing but this set has been on my wishlist http://www.etsy.com/listing/73012320/needle-felted-wool-animals-mother-deer for awhile now.

  20. I love the forest acorn family and little wood house.

  21. The pegasus, is very beautiful, i have never seen such wonderful needle felting!

  22. I follow the NaturalKids blog

  23. I am about to do what I can of the above. Beautiful work, what is stunning is the comment that balance is as natural as breathing; though, I suspect when your work is in direct alignment with the wonder of childhood that comes easy. I am always shocked by the extreme, such as no store bought toys, but I find myself gravitating that way at any rate.

    Thanks!
    http://treeposefamilyblog.blogspot.com

  24. I am now following Natural Kids Blog, yay! I think my favorite is the Nativity–I hope that is what it is–otherwise, it brings that up for me 🙂

  25. So beautiful! I love looking at these magical pieces. Everything was great, I really like the pieces inspired by Elsa Beskow’s books.

  26. i liked your stuff on facebook. i also really love the autumn fairies too.

  27. I am now subscribed to the Natural Kids Blog. Thanks!

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