Felt seems to be the rage these days, and for good reason! As Stacy states in her member profile:
"I’ve used almost every medium there is and I have to say needle-felting is the most versatile and forgiving. It’s allowed me to experiment like never before because I can simply remove a mistake by plucking out the wool. And what other medium lets you paint and sculpt and needs no cleanup?"
Yet, few master the technique as she has. I've seen many felt "paintings" that are blurry and lack in life. Stacy's work jumps out at you, demanding attention and challenging you to engage in the story, to become a part of it. My favorites are her Japanese themes, which all do seem to be characters in a dramatic folk tale.
Suki's Moment of Peace
The characters have names and the titles point to a larger story. There is Suki, enjoying a moment of peace..... So, if there is this moment where she has peace, it must mean that there has been some action before this, right? What could it be? Running in a forest, away from something? Taking a break in the garden from bickering in-laws? Having nightmares about ghosts from the past? You'll have to ask Stacy!
She is currently working on a series of geishas with wearing surreal hats. They are so much fun!
The Bluebird and the Cherry
Not all of Stacy's work is figurative. She also "paints" with felt, creating abstract moods that knock your socks off!
The Way Things Work
This one is about life! Water, plants, growth, nature... pure joy! At least, that is how I read it. Stacy's use of color is masterful. Blended shadows where needed and bursts of contrasts elsewhere.... Some of her work reminds me of another favorite, Hundertwasser, who also had no hesitation in using bold palettes in his work:
Stacy also creates 3D sculptures with her felt:
Peppers Wild Ride
Here again, she succeeds at creating a portrait of a moment, seizing it for posterity. The characters live with their stories, ready to take you with them into the next frame.
Where do all of these stories come from? What goes on in the mind of such an artist? Who is her muse? Stacy rests her eyes on what surrounds her, the majestic mountains and nature of Oregon, the wind blowing whispers in her ears, telling the stories of what is to come.
Stacy's work sells almost as quickly as she can make it. I told her that she is not charging enough, so if you like what you see, you better jump on it and purchase what few pieces she has available, BEFORE she becomes so famous that none of regular folk can afford her anymore...