MEET THE ARTIST
Welcome to my website! I’m Oksana Ball and I’m a self-taught fiber artist and founder of “Wool Pictures”. To create images my wonderful works of art, I use a unique technique called “Wool Painting”, also known as “Wool Watercolor”. Instead of using paint and a brush, I use wool fibers to create the effects of layering color, creating texture, and providing depth. The images are crafted by layering wool fibers atop each other on a flat surface and pressing them with glass to remain firmly in place; after which, they are nicely framed. I don’t use any glue, needles, water, or paint!
I loved to draw and paint when I was a kid, but I did not discover my passion as an artist until I became an adult. I was born in Russia, Vyborg – a small city on the border with Finland. When I was 17, I moved to Saint Petersburg where in 2008 I graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics with a Master’s degree in computer science and economics and began my career as an SEO specialist. After successful working in that field for several years, I relocated to the United States.
Right before I moved to America, I discovered wool as an artistic medium and was fascinated by the technique of wool painting. I took several lessons, learned basics, and started to create pictures with wool by myself. Originally, I pursued this as a hobby, but after moving to the U.S., I realized that this method of painting was almost unknown in the States.
WORKSHOPS. LEARN HOW TO PAINT WITH WOOL
Group, Individual and Online Classes for Adults and Kids
Painting with wool is very easy for the beginner. It isn’t necessary to be a painter or to know how to draw; you don’t even need any experience working with wool. To give life to your masterpiece, you just need wool, a picture frame, and your desire to create.
In my classes, I provide you with all of the materials and instruction required for you to create a one-of-a-kind work of art to cherish for years to come. I’ll guide you, step-by-step, through the basics of wool painting — in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Join the growing world of fiber artists creating amazing things out of wool!
UPCOMING ART SHOWS
MARCH 1-3, 2019 – SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL – EDISON, NJ
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: NJ Convention & Expo center 97 Sunfield Avenue, EDISON, NJ 08837