Vrouw Wolle ~ Viltacademie

Red deer

Friday January 31, Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2, 2020
by Kiyoshi Mino

In this workshop students will learn to create a realistic miniature sculpture of a red deer using felting needle, wool and steel wire armature. The course will give students techniques to increase the level of detail and realism in their needle felted sculptures. Students will learn some basic animal anatomy and how to use this knowledge for creating art.

Kiyoshi Mino: "I am a needle felt artist based in the US. For the last six years my wife and I had been running a small organic farm. We attended a year-long farmer training program before trying to start our own farm and it was there that I first learned about needle felting. I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fur itself, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting fur and bird feathers. In my work I focus on wild animal species which I try to render as faithfully as possible. I believe that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and my goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities."


  • 10am until 17pm (studio is open from 9.30am)
  • Price: €350
  • included: homemade lunch, drinks, biscuits and sweets, excl. materials
  • Location: Studio Vrouwwolle, Kapelstraat 81 (behind the Citroën garage), B-2910 Essen
  • The list of materials will be sent after final registration
  • Experience: no
Red deer
Red deer