Domenica More Gordon

 

I am enamored of the miniature felt dogs created by Scottish designer Domenica More Gordon…

Domenica More Gordon

Begun simply as a hobby, her creatures gained respect and have ended up in galleries all over the world.

 after all how could anyone resist this…

Scottish designer Domenica More Gordon is living proof that you really don’t need to try all that hard when you are inspired. Domenica created her first miniature felt dogs as a mere hobby but, to her surprise, they slowly gained respect from thousands of devotees, finally ending up in some of the best galleries all over the world. It seems that no one can really resist her cute creations. The secret lies in a special technique, called dry felting, which is based on stabbing unspun wool with a felting needle until you shape the wool into the intended form. Of course, it takes a lot of love and patience to get the desired results. Domenica’s dogs live in a parallel world, straight out of her childhood memories, a world where innocence and tenderness still reign free. The dogs are in fact her attempt to revive this special feeling of attachment one has for their toys as a child which is a magical bond that gets stronger and stronger as time goes by. One cannot but simply admire her ability to project the universal need of being loved into those cute, wide eyed creatures. The final result is so charming that her little dogs

The technique she uses is called dry felting which is basically stabbing unspun wool with a felting needle until it takes the shape desisted.

I am thinking that it probably is not quite that simple!  She has to be as patient as Job!  Domenica says that “the dogs live in a parallel world, straight out of her childhood memories, a world where innocence and tenderness still reign free.”

charming…

Domenica More Gordon

 

The artist has always been fascinated with toys and her goal is “to create an object that would generate the same kind of intense connection I used to feel as a child for some of my toys.”

looking into these eyes I would say that she has done just that…

aking toys for my children out of papier mache, felt, clay, card, paper and wire, sticks, puppets and elaborate maze type games in the sand with symbols and stones. I told stories and made the figures to go along with the stories. I could never quite get what I was looking for, but I never stopped trying.  It wasn't until I became involved in making things to raise money for a charity, and a friend introduced me to dry felting, that I found the material that I had been looking for.  It’s amazing the way that your dogs almost seem real; you have managed not only to portray their faces and bodies but their souls as well! They are like huge generators of cuteness and positive energy. What’s the secret behind this? I am not sure what the secret is exactly, but my father is a painter, he paints very detailed wonderful watercolors and my mother is a textile artist so making things, drawing and painting have always been part of my life. Looking at things, I mean really looking at something is part of all that.....also attention to detail, down to the finest point and the determination of capturing the feeling you are looking for no matter how long it takes.

The daughter of a painter and a textile artist, Gordon learned the importance of attention to detail in capturing the feeling she is looking for when creating her canine companions…

Domenica More Gordon

She puts so much love and positive energy into each of her dogs

 it seems like they might jump up barking and wagging at any moment…

Domenica More Gordon

I would say they are fit for royalty…

Domenica More Gordon

Domenica More Gordon

there are kits if you want to try one for yourself…

Domenica More Gordon

she has written and illustrated a children’s book that looks adorable…

Domenica More Gordon

Domenica More Gordon

I have fallen hard…

Domenica More Gordon

visit domenicamoregordon.com

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