inspired art, felt and natureplay

Nature scapes

stepping stones

stepping stones

These pieces are felted scenes made to be used as playscapes. Each piece has been created with reverence and awe . Each one is a learning adventure intended to encourage creative play, stimulate imagination and especially to create an awareness of the interconnection of all things.

As playscapes they call for the child to interact; to add to and to subtract; to place found items from nature, perhaps some other figures  or  their own handmade craft items. I would hope that it encourages participants to sing and dream, to make, to create, and above all to thoroughly enjoy the experience . In other words to encourage thinking, feeling and learning.

Not only are they are a great tool for stimulating imagination these scenes also  serve to encourage storytelling and language skills. Pieces like this can also be used as teaching aids for social studies, nature study, and geography where  sometimes a visual and tactile object can have profound impact and help develop greater awareness.

As an art piece these small scenes  have validity but as an educational tool even greater versatility. Rudolf Steiner himself expressed the notion that Beauty should be a staple element in education and I feel that through beauty can be gained deep insights and  an appreciation for all things.  We  open our eyes and hearts to the wonder and magnificence that Mother Nature wishes to share with us .  Through beauty in our lives, our souls and spirits are enhanced and our everyday lives enriched. Perhaps in learning to appreciate the beauty around us we may also learn to find and honour the beauty within.

autumntable

An Autumn nature table piece

Small nature table scene

Small nature table scene

Close up of bridge

Close up of bridge

full view of bridge nature mat

full view of bridge nature mat

treestump by the stream

treestump by the stream

needlefelt owl on treestump

needlefelt owl on treestump

19 responses

  1. Hi Christina
    I love your work! Can I place a link from my Facebook page to your blog?
    Marlee

    July 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  2. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….these are gorgeous Lovely Lady! Well done!

    July 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  3. amelie

    Hi Christina,

    Ellia looooves her little gnome lady, she has found a very secret special place for her. It annoys me a bit because we can’t see her !!! lol.

    Sorry Ellia and I missed you today. I hope you didn’t work under stress for the little maybe blue gnome girl we talked about. We will come back next/last Monday to craft and will be delighted to meet our new member in the dry felted family. Lilou will loove her I am sure at least as much as I do!

    Your art amazes me completely. Your hands must have some magic in them to transform beautiful wool in such incredible precious objects.
    There must be much love and patience in you to bless us with such dexterity.

    Thank you Christina,
    thank you for the piece of dream you share with us all.

    Amelie

    November 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  4. Gabi Panissa

    Hi Christina,

    I was wondering if i could order the owl on treestump from you. how can i get in touch? I love your work!!! :-)

    i’m still working on my naturescape…

    Looking forward to your reply
    thank you
    Gabi

    February 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

  5. Natasha Moore

    Hi,

    I’m wondering if you sell your amazing felted nature playscapes? They are beautiful!

    February 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

  6. These make me think of the story in C.S. Lewis’s autobiography about how his first glimpse of that mystical connection he calls “joy” took place when he was contemplating a little miniature landscape built of leaves and whatnot that his brother had made. Your felt-scapes have the same numinous feel.

    Thank you for sharing your work!

    June 2, 2012 at 2:03 am

  7. Joby

    Do you sell these works of art? I am amazed and inspired.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    • Thankyou for stopping by and for asking- and yes- I tried to email you but it gets sent back

      June 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

  8. Ruth

    I was wondering if you have a price list for your pieces. I would love to talk to you about buying some.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    • Thankyou for the comment and your enquiry,I have emailed you.

      October 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

  9. Such lovely work! Such delightful colors! I love it! *admire* *admire* Have a wonderful weekend. Jzin, Costa Mesa, California, USA

    October 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

    • Thankyou- so delighted to meet you and much admire your work

      October 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

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    • Thankyou Amber, main tip to share is that to go to Source, Nature,who provides so much inspiration.Hope you enjoy the adventure and the creating.

      November 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

  11. Kathy

    I discovered your website on Pinterest, and I love your creations. You inspired me to try some of my own. In the last day and a bit I’ve made the spring sprout, and 3 heartfelt tiny figures for my Mom and 3 friends. My brain is spinning with all the things I want to try. Thank you for opening up a whole new world.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

    • This has made my day. Happy creating .

      February 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

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  13. Those are beautiful. I love the owl. I know some Waldorf children that would love these!

    March 10, 2014 at 7:55 am

    • Thank you,and thank you for visiting the blog. I popped by yours and delighted to find a kindred spirit too.

      March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

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