Dianne takes her inspiration from 23 years of travelling the globe living, learning and teaching in different cultures. While living in different countries Dianne experienced; the old world charm of England and their rich fabrics; the cherry blossoms of Tokyo and their fine arts; , the vibrant gardens and birds of Singapore; and the amazing landscapes of New Zealand and beautiful wools and fibres.
Dianne is a talented fabric artist who spent 16 years living in Tokyo teaching quilting, and selling commissioned quilts made from vintage kimonos. Dianne’s Blue and White Kimono quilting classes were a must do for expatriate women in Tokyo. Dianne’s hobby in Tokyo was needle felting, and learning as much as possible from Japanese needle felting artists.
Now based in Brisbane, Dianne lives with her husband, two teenage children, and dog Birdie. She spends her time creating high quality pieces of art, that bring a modern twist to taxidermy. Dianne spends a lot of her time creating commissioned replicas of people’s dog.
The inspiration for Wild Woolly Heads comes from her love of needle felting, nature, her travel experiences, and her dogs Sunday and Birdie.
The other creative force behind Wild Woolly Heads is Dianne’s sister Annette Rowlands. As part II of the sister act, Annette was inspirational in the development of the Wild Woolly Heads.
Annette being the older sister was taught fine drawing by her father who was an artist until his early death at 32 yrs. Annette was inspired by his work and has always had a love of handmade items. Gaining needle felting skills taught to her by Dianne the sisters collaborated together to open Wild Woolly Heads. Annette brings fine detail and sculpture skills after her years of creating and crafting.
What is Needle Felting?
nimal felting is the art of handcrafting realistic looking animal replicas from felted wool. Felt is a textile material that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together. Felt can be made of natural fibres such as wool or animal fur.
Wild Woolly Heads and Dogs are made from 100% natural wool fibres. Each Wild Woolly creation is individually crafted by Dianne and Annette in their studio in Brisbane and take between 30 to 200 hours of craftsmanship depending on the animal to create.