Sara Desjardins is a graphic artist who works in three-dimensional media. Originally working in clay, she found that it did not stand up to the ravages of her three young sons. Searching for a new outlet, Sara found Needle Felting, a process by which wool fibers are tangled and compacted by repeatedly jabbing a barbed needle into the fibers, forming three-dimensional shapes. Sara describes this process as not unlike sewing meets play dough.
Drawing her inspiration from Mother Nature, Sara creates incredibly realistic, lifelike sculptures. No detail is overlooked or omitted. The work is slow and meticulous, providing Sara with some brief moments when she is answerable only to herself. Each layer of fiber produces new texture and color, slowly bringing the piece to life. Pieces often turn out larger than she originally intended, further showcasing the beauty of the subject. But even small pieces provide amazingly detailed looks at the artistry in Nature.
Sara’s studio is the hub of the house, sharing space with her husband’s office and sons’ play area. And she says, “It feels exactly like what I was meant to do.”