Needle Felting, Wool Painting and Sculpture
Rachel Nabet is a self-taught fiber artist, and founder of RedRoosterFelt. She was born in Newburgh, NY in 1974, and is currently residing in San Tan Vally, Arizona. Rachel worked for years in special education, but sought out other ways to fulfill a need for artistic endeavors and stumbled upon needle felting.
When injured at her job, and unable to continue in education, she turned to needle felting as a way to cope with physical pain and add humor to her day. She quickly discovered how calming and important art was to her recovery.
Her inspiration comes from a love of nature, color and imagination, which have an enormous influence on her work. Rachel started her artistic path creating 3D fiber sculptures, but after taking an e-course offered by fellow fiber artist, Dani Ives, discovered that she enjoyed a 2D platform much more. Over the past four years, Rachel has worked to develop her distinct style of needle felting that she calls "painting with wool." With this style, instead of using paint and a brush, she uses wool fibers and a felting needle to create the effects of layering color, as well as creating texture and depth. She strives to push the boundaries of this fiber art by creating nature, and animal pieces, and that are packed with color, personality, and realism. In 2017, Rachel took home first and third ribbons in the Professional fiber arts category of the Arizona State Fair, and in 2018 won second and third in the Professional division.
Rachel’s work can be found in private collections all over the world, as well as in retail establishments in Northampton, MA. In 2018 she was published in an online article by a local Arizona magazine.