The women in my mother’s line are an unbroken stream of makers - bakers, cooks, seamstresses, quilters, knitters, crocheters. They used their hands to create and express themselves. They lived through their hands. For too long, I lived in my mind, an enchanted place filled with stories and glimpses of an otherwordliness that I could never express through my hands until I found felting. Felting gave me a new chance to express myself and story in its purest and most beautiful sense. For me, felting is a magical mix of sculpture and sewing. When my hands are molding wet wool into felt, it’s a heart-energy transfer like I’ve never experienced, a marriage of stories arising out of my hands and into the wool. When a piece dries and is hung it becomes its own creature. Each person who views it sees something unique, and to me that’s what’s most beautiful. It’s my way to express myself and honor my mother’s bloodline.
When I moved to Maine I was given a second chance at living. I embarked on my shamanic studies, and Maine became my spiritual center. As I started to explore Maine’s rocky coast, I was reminded how important the sea is to me. It births treasures with deep stories. When I started to listen closely enough I heard them. Some of these treasures wanted to come home with me and intertwined into my felted story creations. Each shell, stick, feather, stone and piece of wood began to fit in with one another.
My hope is that these pieces can bring new magic into the world and that they resonate with a story, memory, or snapshot in time for you to enjoy.
Sara studied the art of wet felting with Susan Mills in Bowdoinham, Maine. Sara has been studying shamanism for several years. She completed her shamanic apprenticeship with Windhorse Circle in Pownal, Maine and coursework in Ancestral Medicine and Lineage Healing with Dr. Daniel Foor. Sara has a private shamanic practice ~ Raven's Heart Healing ~ in Freeport, Maine. Shamanism and felting naturally meld together in her work.