Island felting artist creates 3D pet portraits
For Akiko Miyamoto of Ladysmith, creating and selling art has never been a goal.
“I have always loved art but [I’ve] never been tempted to be like a professional artist, ”Miyamoto said.
It is therefore all the more surprising that Miyamoto fell in love with needle felting. Starting with a kit she bought at a local market, she quickly discovered her hidden talent.
“I made my very first sheep and then it went really well and when I was doing the sheep I got it right away, how oh that’s easy!” Exclaimed Miyamoto.
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From that first simple sheep, Miyamoto moved on to creating intricate 3D cat portraits. His lifelike captures of various felines for pet owners across the island have garnered rave reviews on social media.
“The reactions of the people, they are really very impressed and since I haven’t really done any art they are almost shocked,” said Miyamoto.
“They really gave me a lot of confidence, I get a lot of compliments.”
While the work can be tedious at times, the smiles and joy that each felt creation brings make all the effort worthwhile.
“I felt like my art made some people very happy and my art could be very special to someone,” Miyamoto said.
To find more examples of Akiko’s work, search for Island Needle Felting on Instagram.