By now your probably wonder where I 'm going with this and where does Dutch Felt Art come in. Well, patience my dear I'm getting to it. This is where I met the Curator to WWES World Wide Etsy Seller, Monique Smelik.
Now I find myself a part of not 1 but 2 teams. But, for now I'm speaking of the 1st team I joined and that would be WWES (World Wide Etsy Sellers) http://worldwideetsysellers.blogspot.com/
This team has turned out for me to be the best decision I could have made not just for the networking and promoting of my little Vintage Etsy shop but for learning that kind and generous strangers do exist. I don't know any one personally on this team but I know they have my back. They have become my friends and I enjoy communicating with them on twitter and supporting them as they have me.
I give Monica the credit for showing her support to everyone and her ability to be a team leader. She had a vision and she is making it come to light, I'm sure she'll be the 1st one to say it ain't easy being the top dog, the boss or team leader. But; she stays tough and doesn't waver from the path that she knows will benefit every wwes member.
Enough said; now I really want to show you her creativity at work
And she makes all her items with love and great pleasure, and her daughter is her greatest inspiration.
The process of wet felting is although very intensive Monique also finds very relaxing.
Working with fibers is like painting and makes life natural and beautiful.
When she is creating a certain item she is always inspired to create another.
Monique lives in the Netherlands which is a long way from me in New York. I took a trip to Europe a few years back but never made it to the Netherlands. Next time I go to visit my daughter in Belgium you can bet I will be looking Monique up for a visit.
You can also check out more of her designs at her Dutch Felt Art Website http://www.dutchfeltart.com/index.htm
It closes with felted balls.
Fringes are from Wensleydale locks