Hi. I'm Val.
I am the creative miss that is Val's Art Studio. That's "miss," not mess... My husband refers to me as ADD Val (ok, not very nice). Well, my art expression is all of that, and more.
I live by the seaside in lovely Coronado, California, just across the bridge from downtown San Diego. I share office space with my creative Landscape Architect husband, in a darling double cottage perched atop a canyon in the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego. We have two teen sons, and a sweet missy-girl, Lola, a Portuguese Water Dog, who comes to work with us each day. She loves to leap into any water fountain we walk past, or, of course, the seaside if there's time for a bath after her walk :o)
I create heARTfelt mixed media fiber art from upcycled wool and natural textiles which I felt, cut, fold, sew and stitch up. Then, I needle felt into it, which means I use special barbed needles to dry felt wool fiber into the creation. I stab, poke, mesh, and transform my sewn creations into something completely unique and artistic, and often very whimsical. I often finish with embroidered words or accents.
I love what I do, I have an excuse to collect all kinds of fabrics, yummy yarn and roving (unspun yarn), plus I'm officially allowed to ponder and sketch out my ideas to my heart's content. My work is constantly evolving and I'm always excited about the next project, which I usually discover during a bit of daydreaming. I love the eclectic and unusual, and try to pull a bit of that into everything I make. And that makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something special and fun. Oh yes, it fuels my creative mess in a very big way!
Most pieces are one of a kind, or something I create in a very small series. I aim to instill heaps of charm into each piece I create, a handmade keepsake for future generations. Made with so much care and love... from me to you.
I sell my work on Etsy, as well as several shops in my local area. Please visit my Shop page to see a full list of galleries where you can purchase my items. If you have a shop where you'd like to sell my goods, definitely give me a holler to discuss wholesale options!
I am also occasionally available to work on private commissions during the year. Pet pillows are very popular around the holidays. Please get in touch with me if you're thinking of a project.
My work has been featured in many Stampington publications, Patchwork & Craft, and local issues of San Diego Home and Garden magazine.
Please feel free to message me with any special requests. I am very friendly, and will get right back to you! Thank you so much for visiting, and for supporting all things H a n d m a d e!!