designing for the human form

  changing the wearer's emotions

Earthquake
Earthquake

Destructive and seductive, Earthquake moves mountains with the flick of her hand. Nuno felt full-length gown, stone piled headpiece and elbow length gloves.

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Earthquake
Earthquake

She rumbles and roars as she enters, Earthquake is a three piece ensemble. The gown with cascading felt stones, a rock-piled headpiece and elbow length gloves. Modeled by Shannon Borg, photographed by Alan Niles.

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Tsunami
Tsunami

She flows with every movement. Tsunami is a three piece ensemble of a sleeveless, full length gown, the bell sleeve shrug and a wave headpiece. Nuno Felt silks and wool, with bead embroidery.

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Tsunami (back)
Tsunami (back)

Water is life itself. Tsunami is as powerful as she is beautiful. Modeled by Shannon Borg, photographed by Alan Niles.

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Moth Secret (back)
Moth Secret (back)

Nuno felt caftan with three types of wool locks. Moth Secret is a four piece ensemble designed for the stage.

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Moth Secret
Moth Secret

Often the victim of mistaken identity, for her beautiful cousin the butterfly, Moth Secret is four piece ensemble. The caftan, a full length gown, the head piece and three finger insect like gloves. Modeled by Shannon Borg, photographed by Alan Niles.

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Dream Sequence
Dream Sequence

Dream Sequence is a continuation of "me too" study of faces. They are missing facial features because something has been taken away from victims of abuse. The crows along the hemline represent a heckling society heckling. This surreal design of Dream Sequence is a two piece ensemble.

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Dream Sequence
Dream Sequence

Mosaic Surreal Nuno Felt design "me too" created for wearable art shows. Modeled by Nicki Lynn Gordon, photographed by Alan Niles.

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Dragon Skin Ensemble Front
Dragon Skin Ensemble Front

The mission of Dragon Skin, a 5-piece ensemble, is to promote female empowerment. It's wearer emits the power to slay a dragon...and to fashion the spoils. Her warrior spirit has a message: "you are stronger than you even know" photography by Alan Niles, modeled by Shannon Borg

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Dragon Skin Ensemble Back (sleeves down)
Dragon Skin Ensemble Back (sleeves down)

Dragon Skin, a 5-piece ensemble, designed to empower women and girls

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Dragon Skin Ensemble Side
Dragon Skin Ensemble Side

Techniques include: double-faced nuno felt with entrapment of inclusions, hand-painted with dye and bead embroidered

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Dragon Ensemble Back
Dragon Ensemble Back

Dragon Skin ensemble consists of five nuns-felted; seamless garments.

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Dragon Skin Dress Coat Side
Dragon Skin Dress Coat Side

Exploring scales as a protective surface, the dragon coat was born. Won "Excellence in Technique" award, 19th Annual ArtWear. Created using double-faced Nuno felt techniques, with inclusions, and hand-painted silks.

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Dragon Skin Dress Coat Left Side
Dragon Skin Dress Coat Left Side

Designed for the runway, Dragon Skin dress coat was created using double faced nuno felt with inclusions, hand painted. Photo by Alan Niles, modeled by Shannon Borg

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OctoWoman Midi Vest
OctoWoman Midi Vest

Octo-Woman featured in the 2019 Pt Townsend Wearable Art Show. Hand-painted silk, double-faced nuno felt, bead embellished. Photo by Alan Niles, modeled by Shannon Borg

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Cold Seas Nuno Felt Coat
Cold Seas Nuno Felt Coat

Underwater photography of the waters in the Pacific Northwest inspired this nuno felt art coat. Designed using hand-dyed silk chiffon, merino wool, silk fabrics, and bead embroidery. Hand made shell clay buttons adorn this piece.

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Simulated Snakeskin Poncho
Simulated Snakeskin Poncho

The snakeskin poncho inspired while viewing ancient cave art at Les Combarelles, in the Dordogne region of Southern France. Created using silk gauze, merino wool and silk fibers with painters tape resist methods. Photo by John Sinclair, modeled by Lori Ann David

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Mosaic Nuno Felt Cloak
Mosaic Nuno Felt Cloak

This one-of-a-kind cloak was created using three different kinds of sheer silk that were hand dyed. They were fused together using mosaic nuno felt techniques. Honorable Mention Award, 2017 Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center.

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Stained Glass Nuno Felt Shawl
Stained Glass Nuno Felt Shawl

Inspired by colorful cathedral windows, I enjoy creating something warm and soft, inspired by something hard and cold. "Excellence in Fiber" award winner, Fiber Art Now 2017

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Tortoise Shell Cloak
Tortoise Shell Cloak

Tortoise Shell Cloak is a mosaic nuno felt dress coat, created as part of a simulated animal skin series. "Excellence In Fibers V," Fiber Art Now Magazine & Muskegon Museum of Art. Photo by John Sinclair, modeled by Lori Ann David

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Tortoise Shell Cloak front
Tortoise Shell Cloak front

Note the large, Jackie-O style collar and the hand made clay buttons.

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Mosaic Nuno Felt Tunic
Mosaic Nuno Felt Tunic

Tunic created with hand-dyed pieces of various silks, pieced together with mosaic Nuno felt techniques. Shown here with the Tortoise Shell Cloak.

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Stained Glass Tunic
Stained Glass Tunic

Hand-painted silk gauze, cut into pieces and pieced back together with black merino wool. Shown here with a black boa scarf. Featured in Kaleidascope, an online exhibition of the International Felt Makers Association.

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Dream Sequence nuno felt vest
Dream Sequence nuno felt vest

Created as a window dressing for Ragfinery, "Dream Sequence" is a compilation of reused silks, mosaic nuno felt, embellished with surface design techniques.

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Ravens Cloak
Ravens Cloak

The Ravens Cloak frees the wearer to soar to other worldly realms. Inspired by visits to ancient cave paintings in Southern France, where shaman are believed to have performed rituals, communing with spirits. This cloak featured in "Spirits Taking Form" exhibition, Island Museum of Arts, SJI; "Convergence" 2017 in Victoria B.C.; as well as the 21st Juried Art Exhibition, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

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Raven's Cloak closeup
Raven's Cloak closeup

Inspired by ancient cave paintings in Southern France, the Raven's Cloak was used by Shaman to transcend spirit realms.

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Cheetah Shawl
Cheetah Shawl

Light and airy, this shawl was created using hand-dyed silk gauze and shredded pre-felt shapes.

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Silver Spiral Dress
Silver Spiral Dress

Shiny Habotai silk, nuno felt with hand-dyed superfine merino wool. Shown here with a silver circular vest.

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Mosaic silks nuno felt jacket
Mosaic silks nuno felt jacket

Silks and fine merino wool merged, using mosaic and nuno felt techniques.

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Champion suri alpaca fine art tunic
Champion suri alpaca fine art tunic

Gun Metal and Sarletoni are champion suri alpaca herdsires. Select pieces of their shorn fleeces, nuno felt with silk and fine merino wool. (front view)

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Alpaca nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker
Alpaca nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker

Pronking herd of alpaca, blending all their natural colors across the field. (back view)

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Springtime tunic, Patti Barker
Springtime tunic, Patti Barker

Nuno felt silks and fine merino wool, with handspun art yarn. (skirt view)

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Nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker
Nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker

Springtime crocuses and purity inspired Nuno felt tunic. (top view, shown w/flower necklace)

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Mosaic nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker
Mosaic nuno felt tunic, Patti Barker

Silks and fine merino wool blended as mosaics and felted into one beautiful piece of wearable art.

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Misty Dawn Shawl
Misty Dawn Shawl

Misty Dawn -- light and airy as an early morning mist; infused with the finest details. Tiny pearls embroider the silk tambourine ribbon fringes. Hand-spun golden fibers adorn the edges of Misty Dawn. The swirls of wind are wisps of super fine merino wool that have been wet-felted to silk chiffon in a process called nuno felt. Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, Modeled by J.D. Twist

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Golden Wings Shawl
Golden Wings Shawl

Hatched from the maker's dream, Golden Wings showcases colors of the moon in all its shimmering phases--from deep, autumnal bronze to sweet champagne. Shiny habotai silk, super fine merino fibers and hand spun art yarn become one, through an organic, handmade process known as nuno felting. Swarovski crystals embellish felt strips between silk feathers. (See other photo of wings extended) Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, Modeled by J.D. Twist

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Golden Wings Shawl
Golden Wings Shawl

Back View (see photo of front for detailed description). Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, Modeled by J.D. Twist

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Mystic Spirit Shawl
Mystic Spirit Shawl

Inspired by the myth of Rhiannon, Mystic Spirit bears the likeness of three birds in its detailing. Silk fibers highlight every line of superfine merino for added luster. Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, modeled by J.D. Twist.

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Mystic Spirit Shawl
Mystic Spirit Shawl

Back View (see front photo for detailed description) Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, modeled by J.D. Twist.

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Night's Myth Shawl
Night's Myth Shawl

Night's Myth shawl was designed with a base of black silk chiffon, layered with tiny wisps of super fine black merino wool, embellished with silvery habotai silk. Golden shafts of light shine through the sheer areas of silk to create an ethereal presence. Hand spun art yarn adorns the edges as fringe. Photographed by Kathleen Ballard, modeled by J. D. Twist.

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Shades of Blue Boa
Shades of Blue Boa

Luxury and uniqueness in one original piece. Felted with shades of blue hand-painted silk chiffon, edged with Wensleydale locks

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Bourgeois Nuno Felt Vest
Bourgeois Nuno Felt Vest

Only the finest flair will do…Bourgeois is one-of-a-kind. She was created using silk chiffon, merino wool, wool locks, yarn and silk fibers. It buttons up the front with hand made flower-shaped clay buttons.

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