Kiyoshi Mino

I am a needle felt artist based in the Rock Island, IL. I discovered needle felting by accident when my wife and I were attending a year long organic farmer training program before starting our own farm. I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fur itself, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting mammal fur and bird feathers. In my work I focus on wild animal species which I try to render as faithfully as possible. I believe that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and my goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities. I have given workshops in the US, China, Chile and the Netherlands. My work has been exhibited in Shanghai, Boston and New York City and featured in Fiber Art Now, Fast Company Design, and New York Magazine. You can see more of my work on my blog (kiyoshimino.blogspot.com) and on instagram (instagram.com/kiyoshiminofelt)

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