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Spinning Creatures from Dreams into Felted Reality with @x03

To see more of Zoë’s needle-felted creations come to life, follow @x03 on Instagram.

“I have an extremely vivid dream life,” explains New York artist Zoë Williams (@x03), a New Orleans native who was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. It was “during this strange rudderless period” following her displacement that a rabbit spirit came to her in a dream. “My first felt sculptures were all of that rabbit,” she says. As her dreams and artistic creations converged, Zoë has come to see her felted creatures, brought to life through Instagram, as “the expression of my unconscious.”

“At first, I made my creatures simply to honor the animals I dreamed about,” says Zoë of her felted creations. “But the dreams changed as my work evolved, and now I think they are one and the same.”

“Needle felting is a slow, laborious process,” explains Zoë. “It’s fun to give people a peek into the stages a piece goes through on its journey to completion.” The ability to cultivate a deeper appreciation for her work, however, is what Zoë values most. “Ultimately, I think artwork is best experienced in person, but it’s a special thrill to meet someone at an opening who follows my work on Instagram and has watched the pieces come to life.”

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Melding Heavy Metal and Fine Art with @BenVenom

"I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society," Ben Venom (@benvenom) writes in his artist statement. In repurposing discarded denim and old heavy metal t-shirts into quilts of painfully exacting detail, Venom questions and challenges his audience’s conception of fine art.

"My current body of work is directly inspired from the Gees Bend quilt exhibition I saw at the de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) in 2006,” says Ben. “I was blown away by the attention to design, craft, and handiwork by women from a very rural region in the American South not to far from where I grew up. They did not have a lot of materials at their disposal and would use recycled denim jeans, blankets, and fabric scrapes to construct some really amazing work.”

Ben cultivates an even deeper appreciation for his craft through Instagram by bringing people into his studio and documenting his process. “For me Instagram operates as a timeline that visually displays the progression of my art and life. I tend to post works in progress and occasionally finished pieces to give the viewer an idea of how the work has progressed.”

Join Ben Venom in his studio as he continues to explore the intersection between heavy metal and fiber arts by following him on Instagram, @benvenom.