This is an interview with a felt artist. I find this work fascinating and it is something that I would personally love to try. Here is our interview with the artist, Tara of
Describe what you make?
I'm a fiber artist who makes all things felt and functional. Felt is made from taking wool fibers and rubbing them together to create a durable fabric material.
What mediums do you enjoy working in most?
Wool of course! But I also love paper. There are so many cool types of paper out there now a days. I love to visit my local scrap booking store and just unload money on paper for no reason. I hope to one day open another etsy paper shop.
How long have you been creating craft?
I have been creating since conception it seems. I have experimented with all sorts of mediums from, watercolor, pencil drawings, clay, jewlery, copper sculptures. The list goes on and on.
How did you get started?
Felting was a accident. I decided that a purse I crocheted from wool needed washed. And so out came my purse from the wash 10 times smaller and very thick. I wasn't sure what was going on till I told my mom and she said that I felted my purse. I googled the term and the rest is history. I was hooked ever since.
Where does the name of your shop come from?
Project Felt actually wasn't my original etsy shop name. When I first signed up for etsy my name was funky by tara. I sorta grew out of that name and decided I wanted something a little more professional. I redesiged my whole image, products, pictures, everything. People always ask me what I'm doing and I would always say " I working on a project" and so that's where Project Felt came from.
What would you most want people to know about your work?
The time it takes to make. I'm not the fastest crocheter in the world and I'm not the slowest either. But what people don't realize is when you felt something, it shrinks ( a lot) so this means that you have to crochet a peice about three times the final size before you felt it. It takes time. Not to mention the three to four washing cycles it takes to actually get a good felted piece
What words of advice do you have for other artists?
Don't give up. There is always someone out there who will fall in love with your craft. Knowone said that thinking outside the box or even being different was easy. Starting a business isn't easy. Marketing isn't easy and if you think so then you better ask to be pinched because you are sadly mistaken. I work my butt off. I have a dream and goals in mind. I encourage all crafters who want to make a business doing what they love to never give up. And most of all don't give up on yourself.
Tara has some great things in her shop
You must come and see her work!