Today we present to you an extremely enjoyable needle felt project that comes from the expert hands of Sara Compagnoni aka Comž Lab; the creator of very funny and curious felt toys, with extravagant and unique shapes.
Sara is a truly contemporary creator who loves to experiment with both materials and techniques. She has an active and vivid imagination and she has managed to find her own distinct and unique style. A rare thing indeed.
Sara has chosen to work with our carded Bergschaf wool and by using the needle felt technique has created a trio of smalll robots. Ready to assist those who ask for their help! Paco n.5, Sasha e Plyro-21.
Let's get to know better the story that's been completely Made In Italy.
Where does the name Comž†Lab come from?
I wanted a name that contained a small piece of me, so I just took a few letters of my surname which combined together to form, in my opinion, two syllables with a cheerful sound!
Tell me a little bit about your creative journey. How is it that you came to create your felt toys?
My creative journey began at school: I attended the Institute of Art in the section of Weaving. In those years I developed an interest in textile materials, from their design to the practice of weaving on a loom. I then continued my studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in painting. I proceeded to put these experiences into practice, sewing the most disparate materials such as card and felt. Making felt toys for me was a natural progression, a union if you will, of all my skills and passions. When I started creating these toys, I inevitably thought of Schulz's Peanuts, Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, and Jim Henson's Muppets show that I watched on TV as a child.
What do you like to communicate or convey with your puppets, what do they represent for you?
I want them to convey to people the same lightness and joy that I experience every time I make them. They represent an ongoing discovery, they're a way to test myself, and to experiment and allow the fabrics and fibers to inspire the shapes and characters to create.
Why use needle felt as a creative medium, what extra does it give you compared to other materials?
I have always liked its non-woven fabric and the many different ways it can be used. In my work I like to use it to accurately reproduce a design, image, or an idea without shortcuts and limitations. Needle felting is a slow and meticulous process; this gives me the ability to manipulate and control the project easily.
What are your dreams or aspirations?
To make a stop motion animation using some of my felt toys!
What do you think the children of today need to stimulate their imagination?
Children should be left free to discover and to understand which are the creative tools that will allow them to express their own creativity. It's incredible to see how well they do it!
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