I create artwork with natural fibers, fabrics and silks and specialize in the combination of felt, live edge wood and textiles. Locally sourcing from farms and small businesses throughout Wisconsin. My work is both contemporary and rustic, weaving the texture, patterns, structure, and colors found in nature into each singular piece.

Needle felted highland cow head with long shaggy brown hairy in his eyes and gray horns with black tips
NEEDLE FELT ANIMALS
Combination of live edge wood and textiles through felting techniques
WOOD AND WOOL FUSION ART
Contemporary wool paintings using wet felting, needle felting and free motion embroidery, matted with fabric and framed
WOOL PAINTINGS
Wool sculpture installations and branch weavings using wool yarns, roving, silk fibers and fabric
SCULPTURES & BRANCH WEAVINGS

Hi, I’m Melissa! Welcome to Knothead Design Studio.

I am an engineer and IT exec turned mixed media artist that is inspired by nature. I am drawn to the combination of fiber with wood. I routinely walk in the woods picking up branches and having one way chats with the local fauna or hang out at the wood mill gazing longingly at live edge cut offs for my inspiration. My art is focused on the feelings and imagery that the nature around me evokes.

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