Melissa Mattes

Crow’s Wool
Sedgwick, ME 04676



I grew up in the Philadelphia area in a family of artists. While I appreciated the oil paintings, photographs, sketches, and writings all around me, I was always more comfortable with scissors, needles, thread, yarn, and fabric than with pen or paintbrush. My move to Maine in 1996 was in part due to my dream of having a sheep farm and working with the wool to continue my fiber exploration.
In 2003 I met a local artist, Susan Barrett Merrill, who happens to be a wool guru. Through working with Susan, I learned the ancient art of wet felting along with a bit of dyeing. I now use organic dyes to hand dye Maine Nash Island wool into the colors I see around me in our beautiful rural landscape. I hand felt objects and fiber art in my studio on the coast of Maine, making my work available in fine craft shows and galleries.

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