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 thoughts on “Nature scapes

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

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  5. 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.

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