Fiber artist Laura Burch presents her charming portfolio of needle felted sculptural animals. Enjoy, and visit her website to see more of her work.
My family and I moved to Tel Aviv, Israel (for my husband’s work) from Chicago, Illinois in 2000. Because of the lack of quality costumes, dressy clothes and toys, I started to make these things for my three girls.
I started a company based on these children’s basics and wrote and published two books on sewing toys for children. As my children are growing up my art has transformed from toys into more serious artistic pieces for adults. My pieces make statements geared to adults but they still have the look and feel of a toy.
The goals of my work are to express myself, educate and to show what I’m thinking about at the moment through my needle felted sculptures. My pieces are based on popular culture, issues in the news of the day or personal interests. Harsh, in-your-face types of messages have always repelled me; I feel that an appealing image with a humorous edge can be a better tool to communicate.
My art should amuse the viewer and make him/her think about the issues manifested in the textile sculptures before them. I find it easier to express ideas and thoughts through art which gives the viewer the opportunity to ponder the art and make conclusions for themselves.
There are no hidden secret meanings or symbolism hidden in my pieces as in classical paintings but rather the cute and seemingly light-hearted sculptures are meant to catch the attention of the viewer in a subtle way.
The sculptures should appeal to the viewer so that they take the time to connect with the piece and want to know what it is that I’m saying with the piece.
The viewer may admire the technical skills required to create the needle felted pieces or they may be emotionally moved (positively or negatively) by the message of the piece; when I have achieved these goals, my needle felted sculptures have been successful!
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