DeLisa Eads-Wager will be creating her unique felted sculpture in 3D at the Arkansas Craft Gallery Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 13-15
DeLisa Eads-Wager will be creating her unique felted sculpture in 3D at the Arkansas Craft Gallery Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 13-15 from 10 to 5. She leans towards the unusual, weird and wonderfully fantastic, playing with animals, faeries, gnomes, witches, and the make-believe. “I love watching my pieces of art come to life in my hands. They all have distinct personalities of their own.” Paper, fabric, lace, wool, roving, paint and sometimes even clay, plastic, metal, beads and bobbles come into play in her sculptures. She says “I am a hands-on Fiber Artist! Anything textile fills my head with possibilities and my heart with desire. As far back as I can remember I have been artistic, always a crayon in my hand. Although, I have never had any formal training, it is probably a good thing, as I’m a rule breaker.”
Wet felting has been around for centuries but dry felting or needle felting has only been around since the 1980’s. Needle felting is a process of using wool roving and interlocking the fibers together with barbed needles. The barbs of the needle catch the scales of the fibers and causes them to bind together. She uses this method to make shapes and forms combined together over wire frames to make highly detailed, poseable sculptures. While in the Gallery demonstration room Aug. 13-15 DeLisa “plans to have a large project that everyone can play with to get a feel for how the technique works. I will also have a few starter kits available for sale for anyone interested in learning how to needle felt. I also teach classes, so come play with me!
The Arkansas Craft Gallery, just off the Square in Mountain View has been home to Arkansas Craft Guild members’ crafts since 1962, a cooperative fostering excellence in arts and crafts.
Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.
Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.