Laura Lee Burch Textile Art
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As part of my daily respite from the realities of life and the news I spend a little time each day looking at pictures of animals and this lifts my spirits and lightens my mood. Because I’m a huge animal lover, I endeavor to needle felt animals that evoke uplifting and/or humorous feelings in the viewer; I want the viewer to laugh or smile and to feel something positive from my felted pieces. I try to amuse my viewers (and myself) with my needle felted works but sometimes my entertaining needle felted animals aim to educate and illicit awareness about the plight of particular animals. I prefer to educate and offer awareness by gaining the attention of the viewer with humor and cuteness rather than extreme artistic shock methods that I find hard to view.
I try to go beyond creating just a statue of an animal, I try to capture it’s personality, I focus on facial expressions and subtle body gestures to help create charisma and individuality, traits we can relate to, traits that make the animal more interesting.
Some of my needle felted pieces have messages: I’ve needle felted many dog breeds for dog lovers but the “bully breeds” sculptures I’ve felted are meant to bring awareness to the misinformation and unfair treatment of dogs such as Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terrier or mixed breeds often referred to as Pit Bulls. Sales of many of my needle felted dogs are donated to animal rescue organizations.
My needle felted pigs are titled as part of my “NOT” series. NOT Bacon is meant to point out that pigs are sentient animals very similar to dogs and in my opinion animals should not be eaten or worn.
I’ve always made puppets, I started making them for my girls when they were very young. I still make some puppets for children but I’ve recently started making more puppets of people from popular culture or politics or classic historical figures. I love creating the “dolls” and making their costumes and clothing; making them realistic is a challenge that I enjoy the most. I think they appeal to people as an artful conversation piece and as a statement. I now happily bounce between needle felting these two subjects.
Please visit my website to learn more about my process and to view more work: Website
I am a member of TAFA (this site) and Artizan Made and sell my work on Etsy, including patterns for kid’s costumes.
Please feel free to contact me about potential commissions you may have for your favorite animals or people.
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