Monster Felt spans 30' x 15' and is believed to be the largest piece of contemporary handmade felt in the world made in the traditional Nomadic way. Created by textile artist Janice Arnold and with the help of the Tieton community and TA&H volunteers, Monster Felt is the result of a several year-long process.
Regional wool and alpaca fibers were used to create the Monster Felt, which were laid down, saturated with water, and led through the felting process with the help of busy feet dancing and walking over the piece. It was even pulled behind a horse in order to strengthen the felt. This marked the first US-based Horse Felting! Learn more about this exciting process in this photo story.
Janice Arnold's pieces continue to be a reoccurring installation at Tieton Arts & Humanities events, used as the backdrop for LiTFUSE and as a veil over the Día de los Muertos Community Altar. Many of Janice's community felting workshops are held at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse throughout the year. In a unique opportunity, Monster Felt was on display at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco for Janice's show, Felt DeCoded, from February 11 through June 4, 2017. You can learn more about the show here.
And be sure to take a closer look at Janice Arnold's work here!