Erlynne Kitagawa of Dog Island Fleece


The Animal Samurai designs shown above were originally developed after a request from my then seven-year-old son, who wanted an action-figure, modeled after a specific book character.

The figures when well and tightly felted over wire, are supremely durable, and can be manipulated into all sorts of dynamic, fighting stances.

The results of this initial foray were so rewarding for both of us, that I was compelled to keep exploring the potential of this technique, the limits of the material itself, and the possibilities of the designs.

Continuing the Work.

After more than 15 years, I still find the felting technique and the inspiration for subjects, unendingly fascinating, and continue to learn more about the whole design process.

The material itself, natural wool fiber, lends itself so well to rendering the animal forms and other figures; it so easily captures the textures and natural colors. One of the techniques I’ve developed over the years, is blending and thinly layering different colors and shades of wool, to achieve more subtlety and depth.

I am always open to requests for custom work and requests. Many designs were initially developed from customer input, which has proven to be such a rich source of ideas.

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