Monday, June 6, 2016

Life-Size Needle Felted Animals by Kiyoshi Mino


Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. To start this brand new week together here, I would like to share the incredible work by Kiyoshi Mino. He is an organic farmer who raises chickens, ducks, sheep, and cows on 14 acres in Chicago. 

What made him interested in needle felting? In 2011, he and his wife attended a course at a farmer training program in Massachusetts. It's amazing that someone who is this good had never tried or even had heard of needle felting prior to this class. He instantly fell in love with the technique. He now makes incredibly sculptures of owls, sparrow, chimpanzee, sheep and more. The artist begins each sculpture by building a wire form, then uses a barbed needle and merino wool to realistically depict three dimensional patterns of fur and feathers.

 “One thing I’m trying to convey is that animals aren’t that different from us. We’re just one species of many” - Kiyoshi Mino shares on Modern Farmer.

You can contact the artist if you would like him to create something for you. Visit the gallery on his website to view more of his wool sculptures.