It’s believed that wool painting came into existence in the beginning of the 20th century, in Germany. The technique of wool painting was founded by Rudolf Stainer, an Austrian philosopher, scientist, and architect. He traveled through the country’s provinces, trying to find common materials to use for creating artwork, and eventually focused his attention on wool fiber. He liked the way it could be folded over, mixed together, and would take on volumetric and arbitrary forms. The only problem was lack of color variety in the wool. Stainer knew nothing about dying wool, but experimented and found a way to achieve the results he wanted. During that time, the scientist noticed that when people regularly painted with wool they became more balanced, calmer, and their perception of the world of became wider. Even now, more than 100 years later, the process of creating artwork with wool helps millions of people to reduce stress and tension, find an inner balance, and reveal their hidden talents.
Pictures made of wool resemble watercolors, and that’s why the second name of this technique is called “Wool Watercolor Painting”. Wool is the perfect material with which to fashion artwork. Pictures made using wool convey the feelings and mood of the artist. The wool fibers are not affected by temperature changes, bright lighting, or humidity, and they help to keep hands warm when crafting the artwork. Each piece is unique and original. A handmade wool painting is an attractive addition to any home’s interior, and ideal for decorating an office space.
I love crafting images in wool and sharing my knowledge with others. I teach wool painting classes: group, individual and online. I have also published a tutorial manual on how to recreate one of my works of art. So, if you would like to try to fashion something beautiful, I will be waiting for you to contact me in my workshop.