I taught myself how to knit to honor my Nanny when she passed as a way to honor her- she was a master knitter. I am a decent knitter but one can only make so many hats and scarves. My Mom gave me a kit to knit and then felt a purse. I was hooked! As I started looking at all the possibilities for felting (way to many hours spent on Etsy, I am not sure Pinterest was around yet…), I saw these darling figures people were making by needle felting. And then I saw brooches of wet felted flowers, all lovely and talented. I wanted to do this, I just knew it was my artistic calling. But what to make that was unique?
I started making angels since they are such an important part of my life. As I would make them, they would come alive with personality. They seemed to be talking to me, telling what color hair they wanted, what color wings, dress, etc. The more I made them, the more it seemed that I really was getting little messages and visions of what to do with each new angel. At the same time I was taking Doreen Virtue’s course to become an Angel Therapy Practitioner. It seemed that when I was “in the moment” with my art angels is when I could best hear them. I realized this is because I really was in the moment. All my focus has to be on making the angels – I am using a barbed needle and holding the wool as I poke it over and over in my hands. If I am not paying attention, I literally get hurt. Trust me, those needles poked into a fingertip are not fun.
This was a big key – being present allows the angels a doorway to get through this muddled, day-dreaming, procrastinating brain of mine. I started asking the spirit of the angel that I was creating to help me, give me clear guidance on what to do. Oh my! They obliged! I not only received the color of hair, wings, dress, etc., but now I had personalities and visions of what they really look like, or at least how they were presenting themselves to me.
I was still at the stage of creating them and then selling them. The day came when someone asked me to create an art angel FOR someone. Ahhh… I see now. The light bulb went on! The guardian angel of the person I was making the angel for was the angel talking to me. She wanted me to make a artistic representation of her! Taaadaa! My healing art form was born.
As I made more for people, they were fascinated by my process and what the angels were saying and doing. Everyone wanted to know the name of their guardian angel. I have never felt comfortable with this. One day a dear friend said “That is because they come to you in color and texture, not in name. Embrace that.” I started to get little messages that the guardian angel wanted me to pass along to the person. At first I thought I could not do this, that this was someone wanting art, not an angel reading. I thought combining the two would make people shy away and not buy the art. I was wrong. It has now become the main part of what I do – creating an angel with a message for people.
The more I make, the easier it becomes for me to see and learn about these amazing beings who are delighted that I am making little artistic representations of them. The challenge now is trying to capture their movement, their glow, their iridescence, with fibers. I may have to expand to new mediums to help create even more accurate artistic representations. I am gleefully up for the challenge!
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