Born in 1977 as a triplet in Dallas, Oregon, Kyla has been passionate about art since she was a little girl. She has explored many mediums including drawing, watercolor, oils, acrylic, ceramics, photography and jewelry. She started sharing her passion with others at craft bazaars with her grandfather when she was sixteen. She began selling her jewelry online in 2005 through Etsy and, the following year, Kyla and her husband sold everything they had, quit their jobs and traveled to Texas to find a sailboat to live aboard and cruise. After finding and fixing a 37’ sailboat to call home, they spent the next few years traveling through the Southern US where her jewelry had become a way to feed their travels and pay the bills.
After the 2008 crisis ended her jewelry craft, Kyla found the fiber art world and quickly moved toward spinning and selling natural fiber art yarns. She bought a portable spinning wheel and continued her new fiber passion as they continued their sailing adventure. In 2010, they returned to Oregon and she discovered the art of needle felting where she began utilizing her painting skills to create wool paintings. She fell madly in love with the art and enjoys sharing the process with others as they stare in awe once they realize the paintings are wool.
Her “canvas” is sheets of pre-felted wool that she cuts to size.
Her “paint” is various dyed and natural, locking fibers such as wool and alpaca.
Her “brushes” include various gauges of specially barbed needles.
After she layers the loose fibers onto the pre-felted wool, she begins stabbing the wool to lock the fibers together into a solid piece of felt. With each pull of the needle, the barbs on the needles interlock the fibers together until they are tightly fused together into a solid piece of felt. She uses the same technique as painting, laying out the background first and then felting with a multiple needle tool. She lays out and felts each layer of the painting until she is working on highlights and shadows with a single needle. After the painting is completed, she used the large needle felt tool and goes over the whole piece to create a firmly felted piece of art.
In 2015, Kyla began a new technique to offer a bold and colorful style to her art. Rather than needles to fuse the fibers together, the fibers are carefully laid out and then agitated with hot water, soap and a lot of elbow grease. She has found a way to carefully master the wet felting process to maintain the beauty and detail of her felt paintings.
Her art is exhibited in local galleries, through online sources and in various art show venues. Kyla is excited to continue sharing her passion with others and to show them that fiber art can be part of the fine art world. She has won several awards for her unique style and continues to grow as the art world warmly embraces her wool paintings.
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