Local libraries to feature felting art through August

This owl, completely made out of felt, is one example of Amanda Doster’s work, which will be on display at the Waconia and Watertown libraries July through August. (Submitted photo)

This owl, completely made out of felt, is one example of Amanda Doster’s work, which will be on display at the Waconia and Watertown libraries July through August. (Submitted photo)

Felting is a process that has been around for centuries as a means of producing fabric, but to Amanda Doster, it is much more than that. It is a form of art. Doster’s work will be on display at the Waconia and Watertown libraries July through August.

Doster uses different techniques to felt, or tangle the fiber into a solid structure, both two dimensional and three dimensional art work. It is a very time consuming process, often taking hours for even the smallest pieces, but the results are surprisingly life-like.

Doster draws inspiration from the beauty of creation, striving to replicate birds, other animals and landscapes in fiber. In addition to recreating the world around her, Doster also enjoys recreating other media through her felting. Her two dimensional pictures mimic different styles of paintings, using wisps of colored fiber instead of oils or watercolors. Her sculptures are created much the same as those one would sculpt out of clay: adding layer upon layer of wool until the final shape is achieved.

When she was introduced to felting in the spring of 2013, Doster immediately fell in love with the versatility and tactility of fiber. She also loves the environmentally friendly aspect of the medium. Fiber is a readily available and renewable resource.

As her works grew more complex, Doster developed an interest in the methods and animals that produced the fiber with which she was working. From volunteering at local farms on shearing day, to washing, carding and dyeing her own fleece, Doster has gotten involved with every step of fiber production. She now has a better appreciation and understanding of the fibers she uses to create her art. She also has made it a goal to support local and small fiber farms through her work and to share her passion for fiber arts through exhibition and teaching.

She offers a wide variety of felting workshops and fiber preparation classes for all skill levels. Learn more about Doster at www.AmandaDosterArt.com.

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