Mikaela Bartlett’s African wild dog sculpture has been made using natural and dyed wool fibre, needle felted around a wire armature using a single barbed needle. Mikaela says: “I’ve enjoyed exploring the playfulness of these highly social animals, important for social bonding amongst packs and picture these two greeting each other in a reunion after being separated during a hunt.”
Graduating from Wolverhampton University with a degree in Ceramics, Mikaela created and exhibited figurative sculptures for over ten years. She discovered needle felting in 2016 and used the same technique as her ceramic sculptures, wrapping wool instead of clay around wire armatures and sculpting the fibre with a single barbed needle. Mikaela loves the possibilities of blending wool for instant colour and adding fine details. She enjoys exploring each animal’s behaviour and personality and trying to capture movement and expression in each form, celebrating its beauty and importance in our world.