Monday, March 28, 2011

Catch my needle felting demo at the American Craft Council Saint Paul Show

I'll be doing a live needle felting demo on stage at the American Craft Council Show at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul. The demo is from 5:30pm to 6pm on Friday, April 15th. Come see me, and I'll show you how it's done.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Custom Needle Felted Portrait: Order an Unique Family Heirloom

Order your custom felted portrait. Portraits are done on a piece of felt canvas suitable for framing. Email me at cbinoniemi@gmail.com with your image and your order request. I'll be happy to provide additional information including a price quote and estimated delivery date.

8x10" portrait on felt canvas: $200 + cost of frame + shipping
11x14" portrait on felt canvas: $300 + cost of frame + shipping

Learn Needle Felting- Schedule a Session Today!

Discover the joys of "painting" with wool roving! Learn about the tools, materials, and techniques that will allow you to achieve a painterly effect when needle felting on your favorite wool mittens, hats, bags, and sweaters or on a frameable piece of felt.

Gather a group of your friends, and I will come to you bringing with me all of the supplies you'll need to get started. This class is perfect for both novice needle felters and those with some experience.

Cost per student: $40 for 2 hours of instruction
Supply fee: $15--includes 2 felting needles, small felting pad, 3 oz. of assorted wool roving, 9 x 12" piece of felt for practicing techniques, and reference sheet

*Recommended maximum group size: 10 students

Contact me to schedule: cbinoniemi@gmail.com; 952-495-1610

Monday, March 7, 2011

Creating a Family Heirloom

     One of the wonders of life as an artist in this digital, online world is that I often do commissions for people who I'll never meet featuring their loved ones- animal or human- who I'll also never meet. It can be a strange feeling creating an intimate portrait, trying to capture the essence of a subject working solely from reference photos. For me, it's a very humbling experience, and I am always heartened when someone says, "You've got it! You really captured her/him!"
    Well, my latest commission was a bit different: in this case I know both the ordering agent- my cousin Miracle- and the subject, her darling daughter Elsa. Although I see them all too infrequently these days, I have had the pleasure of experiencing Miracle and Elsa together, and I felt challenged and privileged to attempt to capture Elsa's great little spirit in this work. It helped to have a gorgeous reference photo from which to work. It was taken by Miracle, a talented photographer. Her photo appears above just below the felted portrait.
     I'm off to the post office to send the finished work off- always a bittersweet moment, too, to send your art out into the world. Preliminary feedback via email has been positive: Miracle seems pleased with photos of the portrait. Wish I could be there to see her face (and Elsa's) when she views the work in person.