Bonny Hall

Brattleboro, VT | Exhibiting Since 2017

I have created and performed puppet shows with my partner Jamie Keithline for my entire adult life. A few years ago I began felting, and my birds and animals are now fighting it out with the puppets for studio space.

My one-of-a-kind birds are made of wool, wire, yarn, glass beads & marbles. The bodies are solid wool sculpted with felting needles. I create flowers, spikes and feathers from wool and needle them onto the body. In some areas I use a resist to prevent two layers of felt from merging, allowing me to cut open the outer layer & expose the inner one. The bird is then wet-felted for several hours, which shrinks the wool and tightens the surface.

My one-of-a-kind animals are needle-felted from Norwegian C-1 wool, then wet-felted for density and durability.

I work in our studio in the country in Southeastern Vermont. It’s a big, open, sunny space. When the windows are open, we can hear the Green River. It is very quiet and lovely, and we are thankful every day that we landed here. Nature is both an important inspiration and a daily necessity. I continue to explore new ideas and creatures. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to do is get into the studio to start working.