Vrouw Wolle ~ Viltacademie

Waxwing with folded wings

Monday February 3, Tuesday February 4 and Wednesday February 5, 2020
by Kiyoshi Mino

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In this class students will learn to sculpt a small bird with folded wings 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.

Skills that students will learn during the class:

  • Application of basic anatomy in sculpture
  • Planning and constructing a wire armature for a bird
  • Sculpting complex 3-dimensional shapes using wool and felting needle
  • Use of merino wool for outer detailing and feathers
  • Creating expressive eyes and faces
  • "Drawing" with wool and felting needle to create complex 2-dimensional feather patterns
  • Creating individual feathers using wool and felting needle

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

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Waxwing with folded wings
Waxwing with folded wings