1970’s ‘Craft Boomer’ Norma Lehmeier Hartie is turning the ancient craft of felting on its head. Combining her expertise in fiber artistry with a newfound passion for photography, Hartie’s portfolio depicts a unique collaboration, where hand-made meets digital.
Emphasising the beauty of detail, Hartie’s portfolio is comprised of magnified, multi-dimensional shots of felt work that reveal the “movement, vibrancy, and joyfulness” of her craft. This labour intensive process results in a truly multi-faceted, colourful example of mixed media.
Commenting on her exploration from fibre crafts into photography, Hartie said: “The photography came into play when it became apparent that the complexity…of the fiber ball could be revealed…for further expression and appreciation. The solution was to scan the ball from different angles and then digitally manipulate them. The result is dynamic and striking photographs that capture the minute details and movement of the fiber pieces, and showcase them in a new and exciting light.”
Via direct submission | Photos by Norma Lehmeier Hartie. Top image: 'Otherworldly'