Patricia Rehm

For this artist, the process of wet-felting has intrigued, beckoned, and captivated me.

This two-handed medium requiring motion and pressure to encourage the fibers into action, creates a perfect pathway for expressing a love of color, texture, shape and possibilities.

An unpredictability of the migrating action of natural fibers, when coupled with warm soapy suds and hands-on agitation, creates magic. It is this quality that provides a sense of surprise and wonder as the mystery of each piece reveals itself.

For many years, exploring the nature and potential of felted fibers has allowed this native Oregonian a limitless pallet of possibilities. Wearable art, sculpted vessels, quiet, strong, vibrantly colorful carriers from totes to opera bags are some. Tea cozies, oven mitts, wine sleeves offer even more functional pieces. Incorporating hand-dyed silks and cotton gauze, felted beads, and needle felted embellishments into the mix provide further possibilities and pleasure in the exploration.